Homestay and Camping in La Trinidad for the Barkada near Baguio - Lily of the Valley Organic Farms Benguet

Before I was only confined to these when I think of Baguio - a 1D Baguio itinerary or my very first customized overnight 2D Baguio itinerary (everything had to do with staying within Baguio..). La Trinidad was always a short trip or just a side trip for the Strawberry Farm (which we associate with Baguio still) and the Bagsakan for fresh veggies. Now, my list of places to go near Baguio just expanded with this newly found appreciation for Benguet and the Cordillera Region! How about a homestay experience in La Trinidad or camping under the stars in a Pinoy organic farm? Of the 3 farms we went to on this visit to Benguet, only the Lily of the Valley Organic Farms was set up for a complete experience (told you they each had their own charm, I'm sure others have plans but as of now, only LOV has the structure in place). Now that their kids are all grown up and are based somewhere else, the Laruans have opened up their cozy home for homestay-ers, happy campers and those who want to stay for a few days and do their organic agri trainings and tours.

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If you stay here, not only do you get some tips for organic agriculture, you also get to meet a family of farmers who know the value of going back to the basics and have made farming sustainable in the modern times. They have converted the land that they've inherited from their ancestors (who are also farmers) and continued to innovate on practices that are both friendly to the environment and cost-efficient. Here, they have an organic coffee shop where you can spend your lazy afternoons

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and a fireplace where you can warm up and share stories on a cold Benguet night.

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This is the kitchen - where Mrs. Elisa Laruan will whip up your meals,

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drinks, snacks and even dessert fresh from the farm. 

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Upstairs, there's a homey common room - more like a big flat bed haha. If you're a group of 10, this is a good barkada getaway near Manila. You can fill up this house =) There's a minimum of 10 people in fact for the homestay, but if you lack the people maybe you can ask them if they would allow.

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This is the Kayman Room and has 3 beds

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(P1800 for up to 6 people, includes breakfast for 2, 12x24 feet, with T&B). I heard you can pick fruits/flowers from trees from one of the windows haha.

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This is the smaller Anchong Room and it has 2 beds

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(P1000 for up to 4 people, includes breakfast for 1, 12x12 feet).

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It has a nice view of the farm too. You can also go camping overnight (P1000, 1 tent sleeps 4 people) under the stars if you want.

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There's another common area upstairs.

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Other Meal Rates:
A set breakfast costs P200-P250. An organic lunch or dinner set costs P300.
Organic meals from fresh crops, herbs, fresh juices and Arabica coffee are served on the coffee shop (open Mondays to Saturdays).

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The Lily of the Valley Organic Farms is an ATI-CAR Learning Site so book ahead for slots and space and do call the Laruans before dropping by. The LOV farm is also not that accessible by public transpo. You can either bring your own cars or arrange with them to pick you up from Baguio and tour you around too from the farm (they have a partner for this). 

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Farm / ATI Organic Farming Learning Site Philippines Details:
Jefferson Laruan
MC-075 Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet
+63949-3397126
lilyofthevalley.benguet@gmail.com
Organic Farm Rank: 6 stars (there is such a thing)

To visit the different ATI-assisted projects (Organic Farming Learning Sites), you can drop by or ask the ATI Regional Training Center nearest you or inquire through:
Call -
982AGRI (982-2474) for Metro Manila calls
1-800-10-982AGRI (1-800-10-9822474) for provincial toll-free calls using PLDT landlines
Text -
For Smart and Talk & Text Subscribers, send a message to 391-DA (391-32). 
For non-Smart Subscribers, send a message to 0920-946AGRI (0920-9462474).












4 comments:

  1. Hi. Which one would you recommend for a grade 1 immersion trip on organic farming, LOV or costales farm? We're planning to go on a day tour only. This is her science expo topic.

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  2. Hi. Which one can you recommend for a day trip tour on organic farming, lov or costales farm? This is for my grade 1 daughter who's science expo topic is on organic farming. Any other farm you can recommend accessible by car from metro manila?

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    1. Because they explain well (Sir Pat is/was a professor), certified as an organic farm and train farmers, I would highly suggest Costales Farm (Laguna) and Master's Garden (more systematic and like classroom setup, Benguet near LOV). ;)

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    2. I've been to both of them and have blog posts. Just search using the search bar on the upper right sidebar.

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