Visiting the Farm

It seems like everyone’s heading to the South this summer. We’ve been getting a number of emails asking if they could visit our flower farm this summer.  If you find yourself in Cagayan de Oro, and heading out to Bukidnon to do the Zipline, then you’re surely welcome to come over and get dirty!

Road to our Farm

How to get here

Our flower farm is blessed with a backdrop of the Kitanglad mountain ranges, past the vast pineapple plantations of Del Monte and Camp Philips, onto picturesque little barangays (towns) strewn with simple pretty houses with small patches of flower gardens.  You won’t be driving on paved roads because it’s a nice bumpy ride of dirt roads.  However, you’d be blessed with a picturesque landscape of Mt. Kitanglad.  Our farm is on the foothills of the majestic volcano and mountain, the fourth highest in the Philippines.

Earth Flora (that’s the name of our farm) is in Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, nestled between Malaybalay and Sumilao.  You get here by driving up to Malaybalay, 40km from Cagayan de Oro (about an hour’s drive.)  Once you get to the Alae Quarantine Station, take the roundabout, and go straight up to Camp Philips.  You know you’re headed up the right direction when you see an imposing landscape of never-ending pineapples and the purple majestic mountain right at the end of the seemingly endless road. Head for the mountain, we’re right at its foothills. The next landmark would be signs pointing to Mountain Pines and the Zipzone Adventure Park. Follow the signs and it will bring you directly to our flower farm.  You’ll see us right before you get to the Zipzone. You’ll see bamboo poles sticking out, our rose gardens and chrysanthemums on your side of the road.

Our Disclaimers

We’re really not a farm resort but a working farm.  So please expect to see nature at its most basic: unadorned (but we have flowers everywhere!), crude, simple and rough.  We don’t have paved paths or walkways so bring boots (or shoes you can get mud on.) You will have to walk on soil, over stones and rocks, and it is oftentimes muddy. Sometimes, you’ll have to scrunch up your face and hate the smell, as we compost and use fermented fish scraps for our fertilizers.  To the sophisticated nose, the smell can sometimes be a wee bit nasty.  The sun can be especially strong in the summer and we’re in the uplands.  Use a sunblock and bring a hat.  We do have some working boots and straw hats you can borrow if you’re not squeamish. And oh the bathroom: our toilets are waterless.  If you’re brave enough to try doing your necessities in a handmade wooden urinal with just sawdust to catch it, then do try using our toilets.  We do try to manage the smells by treating the sawdust with bacteria, and the bathroom is clean and kept clean, opens up to the sky and is airy.  But I’m making a disclaimer, just in case!

What you should see 

We’re really not a resort but maybe you’d like to see a simple garden adorned with the wonders of nature.  See the vibrancy of colors and be amazed at the wonder of seeds and plants sprouting into buds, and then blossoms.  You’ll be hearing an endless cacophony of bird song. You’ll like the cool weather that brings spring to the air.  Do say hello to our farm creatures big and small: the teeny ones that are our pest busters and the burly cows that help our composting.  Watch our farmers chattering as they sow, plant, harvest the flowers, and bundle them up. Talk to Dadang, she will have a whole lot of stories to share.  Sometimes, Nicolo is there too and you’ll know him by his bulky dirty boots.

You can even go up the bamboo house, rest a bit.  It’s quite a view.  If you’re lucky, they might serve you tea or coffee. Maybe you’d like to see how our greenhouses have been built with bamboo, see how composting looks like, get a whiff of our fish emulsion, get dirty with the earthworms and see how everything in the farm makes a seamless whole.  It’s always a treat for me, going to the farm. I go home with new eyes.  I remember how to be a child again and everything is just filled with awe and wonder.  And sometimes, I actually do hear the earth laugh in the flowers.

19 responses to this post.

  1. i would like to ask for your contact number and for the listing and prices of your cut-flowers and how it can be delivired to Cagayan de Oro or nearby areas in Northern Mindanao.

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  2. Posted by aspiringFarmer on June 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Hello! =)

    I would like to ask if your amazing farm do sell seedlings of your lovely chrysanthemums and other plants in your farm?
    It is my dream to put up my mini flower farm here in our place, and I was having a hard time looking for chrysanthemum seedlings, until i found your website!
    Please, please do say yes! =)

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    • Thank you for your email. We are so sorry but our Chrysanthemums are imported from Holland, which we pay royalties for. We only authorized to sell cutflowers and not propagation materials. Hope you understand. Thanks!

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  3. Posted by Kristine Zembrano on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    good day sir! i am kristine zembrano from NFA-FDC and we have a research project on human pathogens in lettuce and spinach and i hope to visit your farm for the said project.

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  4. Good day Sir!
    This is Rachel from Sticky Trap technology, Inc. We are a wholesaler of specialized adhesive tape called yellow sticky trap Mushibanban. This tape has been tested and proven effective by UPLB. It is designed to attract and trap insect pests. Our customers are currently flowering and organic farms. If you are interested, please email me at stickytraptechnologyinc@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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  5. I am visiting Cagayan de Oro April 16 to 18. Purpose for my trip is to look for organic farms who can supply fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains for a proposed international retirement community near Manila. The community will be vegans, vegetarians and organic food consumers. Hope to get a chance to visit your farm.

    Aloha from Hawaii – J.J. Reyes

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  6. Posted by Bert on February 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Hello, I am trying the button to request for your newsletter but it appears not to function properly. Is there an email address through which I could indicate our interest to subscribe to your newsletter ?

    Thanks, Befrt

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  7. Posted by Gloria Mae Pastorin on March 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hi. Is it possible to set a visit to your farm sometime in April? I hope to get some data on the flower growing.

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  8. Posted by Julio D. Baluran on January 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Hi. I am Julio D. Baluran of Panabo Vermicompost Producers Association here in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. It is our regular activity to go around somewhere for farm visits since we believe we can learn more and fast thru benchmarking. Can we visit your farm anytime (as in walk-in) or we have to set appointment? How much do you charged us for the visit? Do you limit the number of visitors? Please advise. Best regards.

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  9. hello! I would like to put up a flower farm too. Do you also sell flower seeds? Our family plans to visit Dahilayan this summer.

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  10. Posted by claire heria on March 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi.. how can i get your wholesale price list and list of flowers?

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  11. Posted by Mart Luther Alberastine on August 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hi!

    I would like to know how to get there in your farm, because our team will be having a team building at Forest Park and I want to visit your farm as well. It will be next weekend. Sunday-Monday August 14 and 15, 2016. I want to visit your farm because I would like to get ideas and wants to know your best practices in the farm so I could also apply it in our farm in Kibawe.

    Hope to get your reply soonest.

    Thank you!

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