I thought I lost something very material on this day and amidst all the chaos, I found myself instead and an unexpected great way to conquer my inner turmoil in Binahon Farm. I cherished our morning forest walk the most so I suggest you try it out. We spent a night there so this post will come in two parts, an intro to the Binahon Agroforestry Farm and the accommodation options then a post on our farm tour the following day so that I can show more pictures. =) Binahon Agroforestry Farm (BAFF) is a farm enterprise that earns with (farm) technology and contributes to the conservation of a protected area.
Binahon Farm Stay in Bukidnon - An Agroforestry Farm, Resource Center and an Agri Tourism Experience in our CDO-Bukidnon Adventure!
When I see so many wonderful things over and over, I can't help but think , "What if I was exposed to nature earlier in life, instead of just reading about it in school books?" Or maybe I had just forgotten my childhood days... Now that I think about it - I used to enjoy smelling the champaca in the garden in our old house, sucking on that sweet dew at the center of a small red flower, checking out the calamansi tree regularly beside the mini pond, eating star apples freshly hooked using a pole and waiting for Indian mangoes to bear fruit from our big tree... This place at the heart of Malaybalay in Bukidnon surprisingly brought back these memories when I got to meet a lady more than half my age (younger) named Jayashree Bayag in her secret organic garden in the city, where almost a bit of a lot of things grow =)
Looking for an activity to add to your Dahilayan, Bukidnon or Cagayan de Oro itinerary? I would like to suggest 2 places near each other with accommodation options for a laid-back adventure :) Brgy. Manolo Fortich is known as a place for thrill seekers going to the Dahilayan Adventure Park. But have you heard of horseback riding, camping, river trekking and organic farm tour at Alomah's Place? For my two suggestions, the common activities involve leisurely strolls and communing with nature ;) I found myself smiling a lot during this day. Both entrance fees are at P100 per adult.
As I sit here now blogging, I am munching on lumpiang Shanghai and generously dipping each one into Alomah's very versatile garden salad dressing I brought home with me to Manila from our eventful CDO-Bukidnon farm trip. The taste is quite unique and still familiar, it goes well with both healthy and unhealthy food haha. Alomah's Place, like I told you in my previous post, is a serene and beautiful haven in Bukidnon. Their produce and products maybe we can only catch if they join some Region X (Northern Mindanao - Bukidnon) trade fairs in Manila. But for an all-out farmstay experience, I highly suggest going to Dahilayan in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon personally, after reading my sunrise ecotrail farm learning tour below ;) I loved the fresh air there and the edible landscaping most.
Stay at Alomah's Place in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon - Recommended Organic Farm for Groups! Optional Overnight Camping Experience in Dahilayan!
One of the loveliest experiences I had during this first CDO-Bukidnon trip has got to be our overnight stay at Alomah's Place in the adventure park zone of Barangay Dahilayan in Manolo Fortich. I owe my first encounter with a Pinoy cowboy and cowgirl living in a picturesque landscape and my first sleepover in a tent floor to ATI (Agricultural Training Institute of the Philippine Department of Agriculture) and of course, Mr. Benjohn and and Mrs. Grace Alombro-Mahistrado. =) They gave us a walkthrough of the market challenges they faced as farmers and how their farm evolved in less than a year into what it is today with the assistance of ATI and suggestions from different people they first opened their place to. The guided ecotrail tour that followed the next morning (read about it in my next Alomah's Place post) made me think about seeking out more natural adventures as best as I can (coz it's my kind of high here in the Philippines instead of today's swinging contraptions). Alomah's Place is an agri tourism site in Bukidnon, easily accessible an hour or two away by car from Cagayan de Oro. I would gladly bring my mom or friends here for some bukid-life R&R, no-frills bonding, tents-and-all camping or casitas if they wish, no-signal retreat time or plenty-of-quiet-corners recollection training. And if you a thrill-seeker and really came here for the Dahilayan Adventure Park, I would recommend that you stay here (very affordable) and also make time for the Dahilayan Forest Park.
After being cooped up in the office for more than four months, I finally got to fly again - to a fun place that J says he wouldn't mind going back to with me! He went on a CDO-Camiguin adventure a few years ago and I may have purposely missed it coz I didn't want the white water rafting and physical stuff way back then. Haha. I guess I prefer the sometimes rigorous (long walking under the sun) but educational farm trips spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (see my label under Organic Journey for more farms I visited around the country). ;) A boodle fight feast (!) at the Cervantes Farm is our official welcome to Cagayan de Oro city. The slow and still-city setting lunch and introduction to square foot urban gardening (farming using a little space) perfectly eased my transition from Manila lifestyle to a more simple way of living in the countryside. Our 4D3N CDO-Bukidnon itinerary was jampacked with farms with interesting agricultural practices and forest encounters this time! :)