Costales Nature Farms: Philippines first DOT Accredited Agritourism destination

Urban Organic Farming Technique by Costales Nature Farms
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Costales Nature Farms – Agritourism at its best

After experiencing Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival in Liliw Laguna, we proceeded to Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay Laguna. Costales Nature Farms may not be the first ever Agritourism destination in the country but it was the first Agritourism destination in the Philippines accredited by the Department of Tourism.

Accommodation at Costales Nature Farms
Accommodation at Costales Farm

Wikipedia defines Agritourism as a form of niche tourism that is considered a growth industry in many parts of the world, including Australia, Canada, the United States, and the Philippines. Other terms associated with agritourism are “agritainment”, “value added products”, “farm direct marketing” and “sustainable agriculture”.

Beautifully arranged fresh organic vegetables
Beautifully arranged fresh organic vegetables

Our visit at the Organic Farm was part of PHILTOA’s Southern Tagalog Fam Tour in preparation for the upcoming Philippine Travel Mart 2014 – the Philippines largest travel trade event.

Upon arriving at Costales Nature Farms, we were registered our names then we proceeded to the training center. While enjoying a glass of refreshing japanese cucumber juice, Mrs. Josephine Costales – the President and CEO of Costales Nature Farms gave us a short introduction about the farm.

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Organic Letuce Farming
Organic Lettuce Farming

Mrs Costales toured us around the farm and showed us some of the rooms available for tourists who wants to stay overnight. Aside from Day Tours, the farm is also offering various Agritourism Packages. Their tour packages include Wellness Tour, Buhay-Bukid tour, The Green Living Tour, The Green Salad Tour and The Lakbay Aral Tour. They also customize tours depending on the requirement of their corporate or travel agent partners.

Organic Livestock Farming
Organic Livestock Farming

I was impressed with their Urban farming technique where Lettuce are grown in a plastic grow bag or tube which measures about five inches in diameter and one meter in height. This urban organic farming technique is perfectly right for adoption by urban gardeners who have very limited space.

Our aim is to provide community education on organic farming and sumptuous organic meal while showcasing Costales Nature Farms as a culinary and agritourism destination said Josephine “Josie” Costales – President and CEO of Costales Nature Farms

Tour Inside Costales Organic Farms
Tour Inside Costales Organic Farms

For those who just want to eat healthy food, they can visit the farm and enjoy all natural, chemical-free food. They serve only freshly picked veggies, freshly butchered poultry and pork, live tilapia fish and catfish ‘hito’ from the pond and all the food are cooked without artificial flavorings.

After our short tour at the organic farm, we went back to the training hall where we sampled their mixed green salad.

Urban Organic Farming Technique by Costales Nature Farms
Urban Organic Farming Technique by Costales Nature Farms

“I am very excited to promote this kind of tourist destination, Agritourism can grow bigger in the Philippines because we have so much land to cultivate and more people now are now becoming health conscious” said Mr Cesar Cruz, PHILTOA President.

Costales Nature Farms is a prime agritourism destination that conducts an ecological and balanced farming techniques which aims to promote a sustainable agriculture, healthy lifestyle and environmental diversity through integrated natural farming.

The farm is practicing zero waste in every fruit and vegetable harvest they make, all excess vegetable harvest and rejects are fed back to the livestock. It was my first time to see school of fish and pigs eating lettuce.

On a daily basis, Costales Nature Farms is harvesting various high value vegetables such as Aruguia, Lettuce, Spinach, Cabbage, Pak Choi, Celery, Brocolli, Cauliflower, Sweet pepper, Zuchinni, French Beans, Chinese Upland kangkong, Radish Sprout, Baby Carrots, Alfalfa Sprout and Fresh Oyster mushroom. They also grow various types of lowland vegetables, herbs and spices and various organic livestock.

How to get to Costales Nature Farms

  • Take the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX);
  • Exit at Calamba;
  • Follow the route going to Los Baños – >Bay – > Victoria – > Pila – > Sta. Cruz – > Pagsanjan ;
  • At Pagsanjan, 5 minutes from the arc, you will see the GSIS and beside it is a Jolibee chain on the right side. Make a right turn;
  • Follow the route going to Magdalena – > Majayjay
  • You will encounter two forks along the way, one going to Magdalena and one going to Majayjay. take the LEFT on both occasions ;
  • Once in the town proper of Majayjay, follow the route going to Lucban ;
  • 10-15 minutes outside the town of Majayjay enroute to Lucban, you’ll see the public elementary school of Brgy.Gagalot (Mababang Paaralan ng Barangay Gagalot-Piit) on the right side. It has a pink wall with a green strike at the middle;
  • 100 meters up, you will find Costales Nature Farms on the right side of the hi-way.

Costales Nature Farms
Brgy. Gagalot,
Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines
Contact Person: Josie Costales
Mobile +63917 544 2023
Landline: (+6349) 573-3432
Email: josie.costales@yahoo.com
Webiste: www.costalesnaturefarms.com

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