The AANI Farm Tour on Sunday, December 11, 2016 will bring participants to a unique permaculture farm where they practice natural farming and offer unique culinary experience.Those interested to join may contact Jocelyn Mahipus at 0917-795-0916 or go direct to the AANI store at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
The tour will visit the Forest Wood Garden operated by Joel Frago, a former OFW, and wife Myrna in Brgy. Sta Elena in San Pablo City. As OFW, Joel worked in Europe for 12 years in charge of quality control in a mining company. Myrna, on the other hand, is an architect who has been engaged in landscaping after engaging in a number of businesses that were profitable but not to her liking.
Forest Wood Garden showcases the couple’s own brand of farming the natural way. One can see food crops like vegetables and root crops such as ubi, yellow yam, cassava. camote, taro and tugui which they prepare in a unique way for the enjoyment of visitors. They have a snack food they call “Plantsado” which is made of finely grated root crop (tugui, yam, taro, etc.) plus honey, makapuno, jackfruit and buku and margarine. The mixture could vary depending on the availability of the ingredients.
The ingredients are formed into a flat dough that is something like a thin crust of pizza. This is then wrapped with banana leaves and cooked between two sources of heat. The wrapped material for cooking is placed on a hot plate over a stove with burning charcoal. After three minutes, the hot plate is taken off the stove and the old fashioned flat iron with burning charcoal is placed over the wrapped material to finish the cooking in three to five minutes.This is the Plantgsado that is really something to experience.
Another unique dish is what they call Kalabuko Pansit which is made of squash (kalabasa) buko and several other ingredients, mostly vegetables, grown at the Forest Wood Garden. This unique pansit is served in coconut shell placed in a bamboo holder.
Forest Wood Garden also boasts of ornamental plants like foliage anthuriums, ti plants, bamboos, fruit trees and towering coconuts that make the place really a forest.
The AANI Farm Tour will proceed to Ato Belen’s Farm, also in San Pablo, after Forest Wood. The farm boasts of organic pigs, organic fertilizer with beneficial microbes, fruit trees and vegetables. Those interested can contact Joel Frago at 0939-938-7202 or Myrna Frago at 0939-938-7131.