Our Story

Our story begun in the mountains of Kibuya, Bukidnon seventeen years ago when Nicolo, then a cattle farmer, needed to find ways to utilize tons of organic matter from his cattle. Using various elements from his farm, cow dung, plants, weeds, matter that would have otherwise been thrown away as waste, Nicolo discovered he had the perfect fertilizer! Soon after, cows were grazing in fields filled with vibrant, healthy and beautiful flowers. He was overwhelmed by the ease of growing flowers with organic fertilizer that he then started a floral farm in 1994. In 2003 we launched our online flower company www.myflowerdepot.com.

Over the next few years, Nicolo would try various methods for fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. In time, he realized that although the flowers seemingly responded to conventional chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the quality of the farm soil suffered greatly. The farm soil was dead matter and the flowers that were growing were not as healthy or vibrant. Eventually we realized that for beautiful flowers, living soil was crucial. So we started anew, moving to a new flower farm with healthy, uncultivated, living soil on a property we call Earth Flora, Dahilayan, Bukidnon.

Hydrangeas Organically Grown

It has been four years since we started growing, tilling and harvesting our flowers through sustainable agriculture. We have the help of our farm managers, Toto and Dadang, both natives from Bukidnon. They have imparted to us the wisdom and heritage of their ancestors on natural methods of flower farming. Alongside their wealth of knowledge on natural methods, we have merged technology and science, to implement agricultural techniques that build our soil fertility, while protecting our air, water and wildlife. We have merged and developed a deeply rooted natural system of crop production, integrated pest management, and weed and fungal control. We have also learned through biodynamic farming, to see the farm as an entire ecosystem, following natural cycles and the phases of the moon in scheduling our sowing, harvesting, pest management and control. We also use biodynamic preparations, follow crop rotation, and practice cover cropping. Aside from sustainable agriculture, our farm encourages careful water use, energy saving initiatives, bamboo greenhouse infrastructure, greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, waste management and product packaging minimization.See Sustainable Agriculture.

Harvesting Gerberra Daisies

It is 2011 and we promise to continually provide you with vibrant, healthy, beautiful flowers that are sustainably grown. Your flowers are the result of the dedication and diligence of a handful of farmers in Bukidnon, a number of them natives. All our flowers are grown, harvested and packed by hand. Each Flower Depot bouquet is hand selected, carefully arranged, and shipped fresh from our flower farm with a commitment to protect our environment and also enhance the lives of our workers. By practicing sustainable farming, we hope to build a better and more sustainable future, and lighten our footsteps on the planet. We hope to transform the floral industry to growing and harvesting flowers that safeguards the environment, ecology and the well being of farm workers.

At Flower Depot, you will enjoy fresh, vibrant and living flowers at economical prices. We want everyone to support sustainable farming and enjoy the healthy fruits of our harvest.

Best regards,

Nicolo and Paula

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? Khalil Gibran

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29 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jen c. on November 25, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    hi, are your roses organic? how much do you sell your roses?=)

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  2. Posted by babywish on June 3, 2010 at 9:38 am

    hi 🙂 my boyfriend is a “fan” of flower depot 🙂 he sends me box of flowers every month for the past 6months 🙂 i’d love to visit your farm if given the chance. is it in bukidnon? do you have somewhere near manila? :p hehe

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    • Hi. It’s in Bukidnon, in a small barangay called Dahilayan. We have a shop in Manila, it’s a depot for sending the flowers out, but not a farm. Would you like to visit us here?

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  3. hi! my family is based in manila and we are planning a trip to davao early next year. we want to include your farm in bukidnon as one of our destinations. we want to know more about your sustainable agriculture practices as we are also planning to put up our own farm. will it be possible to schedule a tour of your farm between feb 10-14, 2011? i would appreciate if you could provided me instructions on how to get to your farm from davao city. my email address is hey.drey@gmail.com. thanks, andrea.

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  4. Posted by Ismael John V. Cabigao on February 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Thankfully, the internet has connected businesses like you to consumers like me who care about the environment. Reading your stories and blogs simply put, made my heart stout with good feelings. From now on, I’ll just be ordering flowers from you. I’ve lived in NYC for the longest time but have very dear friends and family back there. I feel better that I could send them flowers that quintessentially had been grown like nature intended them to.

    Best of luck and cheers!

    Mael

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    • Hi Mael, thank you for your comment. We do hope more and more farmers move towards sustainable practices. Conventional flower farming is one of the most wasteful among agricultural practices and what makes it sad is that we’re growing beautiful wonders of nature, at nature’s own expense. We’re delighted to have mindful consumers. Consumers like you give greater meaning to the little things we do. Our best regards!

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  5. Posted by Cris Alkuino on February 4, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Dear Nicolo and Paula:

    I am just wondering if I can visit your farm in Bukidnon. I used to have a small greenhouse for my lettuce gardening in San Mateo, Rizal. Your bamboo greenhouse design caught my attention and perhaps I can adopt the same in my future projects.

    Thanks and best wishes,

    Cris

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    • Hi Cris. Yes you can visit us. It’s at Dahilayan, Bukidnon, right beside the popular Zipline attraction. Let me know when you plan to visit so we can ensure it will be worth your visit. Best regards.

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  6. Dear Paula and Nicolo,

    What a wonderful and helpful site! Keep up the good work. My hubby and I will be future farmers, too, and we look forward to learning more through your site and others’ as well. Kudos and God bless!

    Regards,
    Mei and JR 🙂

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  7. Posted by Alex Sharpe on August 25, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I love your web site and awesome information, I was wondering if you could refer me to some good suppliers of organic fertilizer in the Phil.Thx Alex !

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    • Hi Alex. We make our own compost but if you need organic fertilizer to buy, you can check out Maxicrop. It’s actually owned by my brother, Anton (09177072613). They use cow manure and biodynamic preparations as well. Just tell him Nicolo referred you. Thanks Alex.

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  8. Posted by Carlos Hidalgo on November 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Hi,

    This is the best natural site I’ve visited so far. So refreshing and really puts a person at ease. I’m inspired to follow this path to become an eco-farmer one day. Well done!

    Carlos Hidalgo
    Kimbe, Papua New Guinea.

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  9. Posted by Mitsch on April 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Hi! I’d like to explore partnering with you for my webTV, Bloom TV. I sent a email to ‘info@downtoearth.ph’ and ‘myflowerdepot@yahoo.com’

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  10. Posted by ivy on August 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    hi!do you have a shop in cagayan?….we would like to visit you shop. do you also have a peach rose?

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  11. Posted by Rhoda Nakila - Mante on April 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Hi! We would to visit your flower farm as our one the itinerary of our expository travel. And we would like to know the exact address and contact number. Your places is so refreshing and best natural site and awesome. GOD bless

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  12. Posted by nik on July 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hi,
    I really love the respect you have for the soil and your pure organic approach.
    I wonder to visit you one day. I m not too far ; borneo where I teaching permaculture in schools and helping village people to ban chemical and adopt alternatives and eco friendly practices.

    All the best for your lovely and sustainable farm.

    Nik

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  13. Posted by Edmond Wong Jr. on June 3, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hi Sir Nic & Maa’m Paula,

    I am currently working far from my native land. But I am Planning to go home for good . I love farming and I love flowers. I want to start a small organic farm and flower farm. And be home with my family . will you be able to help me making my dream into reality .

    thank you so much.

    Edmond

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    • Thank you for your message. Let us know when you are here and we will be happy to help. 🙂 The more farmers working the land, the better for everyone.

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      • Posted by Edmond Wong Jr. on June 4, 2016 at 5:13 am

        Maraming salamat po.

        tatawag po agad ako pag dating na pag dating ko sa Pilipinas. ano po pinakamagandang contact number para po makapag set ng oras at araw sa pag bisita sa inyong flower farm.

        thank you so much.

        edmond

      • Hi Edmond. Sorry it took us awhile to reply. Are you still here? Please SMS me at 0915-8979044. Thank you.

  14. Posted by Mart Luther Alberastine on July 27, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Hi! This is Mart from CDO. We have a piece of land back in Bukidnon which is a bit idle for awhile and I am planning to grow some flowers and vegetables like what you do. I would like to visit your farm and get ideas about growing vegies and learn your best practices. I grew up in the farm but have a little know how in farming. I want to make use of our land since no one from the family has interest in farming. I just got more inspired in interested in farming because of you.

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    • Hi Mart. Thank you! Yes we could definitely help you. (As for your other question, yes we do grow fruit trees aside from the vegetables and flowers. We’re trying to design the farm like a food forest.) When are you planning to visit?

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