The Real Farmville Adventure at Costales Nature Farms!

Get ready for The Real Farmville Adventure at the Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna! If you ever decide to spend a few nights here, you get to pick your own organic veggies or catch your own organic fish, eat lots of fresh and chemical-free food, know more about organic agriculture and bond over their not-so-ordinary pulutan, hours of karaoke and homemade lambanog! More importantly, you get to breathe in fresh cold air, hear only crickets in the night and effortlessly do some detox (physically and mentally). If you want to know more about organic agriculture and what this trip is all about, I suggest you read my previous Costales Nature Farms post first.

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Here's a photo tour of the farm:

There are fruit trees all around you. This is American Lemon.

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Vermiculture at its best - These are African Night Crawlers. They work for the organic farm day and night, without pay.

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Free-range Chickens - They are huge and fat. They drink good bacteria (think Yakult). No antibiotics.

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Big Pigs for Organic Pork - FYI, they don't take a bath and they have no foul odor.

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Their neighbors are bigger and darker Wild Pigs.

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Native and Wild Pigs are cross-bred.

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Rabbits with partners and names - They provide very fertile manure for the farm.

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Fresh Organic Lettuce all over the farm - Think salad-all-you-can and grown in your own backyard!

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The Miracle Fruit - According to legend, everything you eat after you take these little red berries becomes sweet.

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Cabanas in the Farm - I think this is an ideal fishing spot.

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Nursery for the plants!

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I see life and green all over!

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Organic French beans

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Rows of Organic Lettuce

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Getting down there is not as easy.

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Coconut Trees! - This was one of my favorite spots in the farm and it was almost sunset. I looked up and there was the cool breeze in my face. I then imagined one manong getting up there and giving me some fresh coconut juice. =)

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Vegetable Screening - See the washing machine, guess what they put in there?!

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Rejected Veggies - Looks fine to me. The pigs and the chickens will get this treat.

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Homemade insect trap! - Amazing and very effective.

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Aquaculture in the farm

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Mount Banahaw (left) and Mount Cristobal (right, looks ominous huh?)

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Best for lechon - This brought me back to the thought of "What's for dinner?"

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So for dinner, we had organic veggies, fish and many more!

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I loved this nilaga. You know when you see fats in your food while in an organic farm retreat, it seems okay somehow haha.

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I loved this the most - crunchy organic red cabbage in my turon! You would have to try it for yourself!

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For drinks, it was a hot cup of tarragon tea.

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Girls' Room for the night - The mosquitoes were my number 1 enemy...

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The bathroom was fine and will be your best friend for detox.

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A few hours after dinner, we went to the dining area again for some karaoke!

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Two jars of homemade lambanog were placed in front of us.

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The biggest shock of all - our organic pulutan! Haha. I tell you it's not bad, especially the Japanese cucumber.

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This came too! Crispy organic kangkong. Eating something fried seemed okay too in an organic farm haha.

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The winner for me was the unlimited Organic Arugula rolled in French fries and dip!

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We sang our hearts out...

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...until lights out a little before 12 midnight! Haha. And I don't think anybody else heard us.

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We were dead tired and were planning to go on an early adventure the next day. Plus, we all seemed to think it was late already (in the province) haha. This is what happens when you set bloggers loose in an organic farm or anywhere for around, um 10 hours?! We could adapt very quickly haha. Time also passes by super fast. I was eating another round of organic food buffet for breakfast in no time! It was organic pork tapa time but the red cabbage veggie turon was my 2-day all-time, any-day favorite!

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For the rest of the morning, we went to Majayjay Falls / Taytay Falls / Imelda Falls (which was only around 15 minutes away by car from the Costales Farm. When we got to the entrance, it was another 10 to 15 minute easy walk to the waterfalls. You should include this with your overnight organic farm itinerary then make sure you're ready with clothes and other stuff. I didn't see the bathroom or any functioning shower areas but you can shower at the farm. It was fun watching them (I'm reserving my first waterfall experience) haha. I heard the water was deep.

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I guess the exercise back completes the whole organic farm Laguna retreat experience =) Try it sometime =) We were back in Manila later that afternoon.

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Agrotourism Philippines: Read the first part of this organic retreat in Laguna here.

Farm Retreat Details:
Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay,
Laguna, Philippines

7 comments:

  1. Have you ever had a Farmville adventure or experience? Yep. In Bicol,our provice. we have a little farm. Rice farm. Ito yung bumubuhay sa family namin until now. :))

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  2. I dont know if i have eaten an organic food yet.i love vegetables though.
    Once i've learned about vegetarian and fruitarian, I wanna be one. But you know, even an apple a day is a thing we can't handle/afford. Veggies and fruits are expensive, that was why it crossed my mind to be a farmer, ^_^. Maybe when i startliving independently, i'll be doing this.

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  3. Yes! We had a farm in La Union. People there are used to eat vegies talaga! Favorite and special dishes is pinakbet and diningdeng! :)

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  4. My mom is a veggie/organic lover thats why Im really used to it plus I live here in Nueva Ecija so I have lot of farmville experiences

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  5. I have tried eating organic and all-veggie meal. They are more appealing to me than processed foods. Their prices are only the concern. I have tried planting seeds and small trees from a farm and ave experienced harvesting and eat freshly picked fruits like mangoes, atis, lanzones, santol and such.

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  6. I have been to Leisure Farm, Batangas when I was in college for a Field Trip. We had a planting activity there and toured around the park. My most memorable experience there was when we went to the place where they culture worms. I was running as fast as I can just to get away from that place when the guide let us hold the worms. Haha :D

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  7. akala ko talaga farmville sa FB :-)
    Pag-farm yung pinag-uusapan, aba, tinatakbo ko pa paakyat at pababa yung bukid (2 years ago). Kasi kailangan namin manguha ng camote at camoteng kahoy wala kasing bigas na tinda noon dahil sa masamang panahon.
    Pero yung farm na pinuntahan mo medyo sosyal yun kaysa farm na pinuntahan ko :-)

    yes, panay nga organic ang kinakain namin.

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