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Dewi Sri Farm Kids Day Tour

For families who want to relive and enjoy the provincial, simple, and farming life – Dewi Sri Farm is a top choice and destination in Victoria, Laguna. Dewi Sri is a true working farm in the Philippines with real productive animals, trees, and vegetation that live in synergy.

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Location

On a Friday, I took my son Ashton and Ate Musay (who recently celebrated her birthday) to Dewi Sri Farm. We only availed of the day tour due to the farm’s proximity via SLEX. From Bacoor, Cavite we took Daang Hari road, SLEX, and Calamba exit to the town of Victoria, Laguna.

It helped that we started our drive at 7.30AM and we arrived at the farm around 9AM, stops included. We enjoyed the travel since we passed by Pansol where there are plenty of mini resorts and salbabidas for sale – we instantly felt the summer & adventure vibe.

Dewi Sri Farm – Things to Do

When we arrived at Dewi Sri Farm, I was surprised at how it actually was a resort. I appreciated the organized layout of the place, the cleanliness, and the really relaxing atmosphere.

Ashton and I have been to other farm attractions which were also nice but Dewi Sri combined farming with comfortable resort-type areas where we can relax, chill, and eat comfortably. Facilities were all clean and attended, it makes you want to stay for more than just a day.

Rabbit Feeding

Little rabbits were at the entrance of the farm and instantly attracted Ashton. There was a ready basket of greens and rabbit food on the sides for kids to offer the bunnies. No additional fees for feeding the animals, no time limit, just Ashton with other kids and the bunnies.

The rabbit area is just beside the pool pavilion, kids can visit the rabbits anytime they like i.e. when the adults are still enjoying their snacks. This helped occupy the kids and parents to relax more.

Free Range Poultry: Chickens, Peacock, Ducks, etc.

Kids will be amazed to see chickens, peacocks, ducks, and geese freely running around in their midst at the Dewi Sri Farm’s free range poultry area. They will also be given pellets that the animals really love that they will come rushing to the kids. It can get overwhelming if your child is not used to seeing animals up close so do stay by their side.

This feeding activity including the pellets are also free.

Elaine, the tour guide picks up a chicken for the kids to feel and explains how the chickens live a happy life at the farm.


Goat Feeding

Unlike other farms or zoo, the animals at Dewi Sri Farm are notably happier and are living in comfortable spacious areas. Their food are fresh greens picked at the same farm – just like these happy healthy goats that Ashton got to feed.

Small details like tied up grass being readily available for the kids make this farm experience very smooth and comfortable. Parents don’t need to fickle and just enjoy the sight of their happy kids learning.

Raft Ride

This is the ultimate bukid experience that even I have not tried – riding a raft above the fish pond, by the pilapil and among the rice field. Because Ashton is very happy and relaxed in the previous activities, I was surprised he readily jumped onto the raft with other kids to experience this ride. This tour is one of the most stress-free I ever had, if you have a 5 year old I am sure you know what I mean!

With other kid visitors, my son pulled onto the rope to cross to the other side and back. The ride is safe and the water is just 3ft plus a resident farmer guides everyone across. This ride like everything else is free.

Vegetable & Fruit Juicing 101

When we went, Breville was promoting their juicers and offered free lessons on what juicing is all about. Juicing vegetables and fruits allows people (especially those not used to eating healthy) to get nutrients inside their body by drinking juice. It is similar to blending but without the pulp or fiber.

I was able to try one of their juicers with Ashton, it was so tempting to grab one machine (Php 9,000 up). The kids drank many of the healthy concoctions and other visiting adults also grabbed the chance to up their nutrient intake with all the juice samples.

Now this Breville juicer is on my wish list, I prefer blending but have to admit that it is challenging to ingest pulpy vegetables. Sometimes, I resort to freezing them before blending which may damage the nutrients vs. drinking them raw.

Swimming at Dewi Sri Farm

There are 2 interconnected pools at the farm, one for kids and the other for adults. My 5 year old enjoyed the safe 3 ft. pool as well as the inviting water temperature (not cold, not hot but just right). Ashton learned how to use arm floaters here at the farm, I guess all the positive activities prior to swimming increased his confidence.

I also enjoyed swimming with fellow moms who were also with their kids. I wish I can stay longer at the deeper pool but for Ashton’s safety I simply enjoyed waddling at 3ft.

Fish feeding

After swimming, the kids enjoyed feeding golden or red tilapia at the fish pond. The feeds were free for all and the fishes jump towards the food. This was the perfect activity to calm and relax the kids down – just enough for them to focus on the next activity.

Hydroponics and Vegetable Picking

Dewi Sri Farm has a vast hydroponics farm where they plant greens like spinach. A resident farmer taught the kids what hydroponics is (growing plants in water) and how to harvest them properly. All the kids were all ears and were genuinely interested in this farming technique.

I also setup a small hydroponics in our backyard farm and learned how to improve it by listening to the stories from Dewi Sri Farm.

The best part of this activity was letting the kids pick as many spinach as they could. These were also given to us to take home. Hooray!

Then, the kids were also taught how to plant seedlings into hydroponics. The medium they are using are just cotton. I hope to involve Ashton in our own hydroponics setup at home soon.

Dewi Sri Farm Prices & Rates

The Dewi Sri Farm day tour costs P480 per person, this already includes 2 snacks and 1 lunch. I find this very reasonable especially with all the things we got to try and learn. Note that what the kids can enjoy, the adults can too.

This is our morning snack when we arrived

Lunch was kid and adult friendly, and even included dessert (not in photo, see video)

Our afternoon snack before going home

If you like you can bring your own snacks (limited to small packs of chips or biscuits) just in case.

Dewi Sri Farm is a sulit getaway that is very accessible and just near Metro Manila. There are not so many places like this that offer resort comfort with a true working farm experience. Note that before going to Dewi Sri Farm, you must make reservations and book. It’s very easy, just text or call the following numbers: (049) 5762651 or 0917 524 5155 .

 

 

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Aquaponic Tomatoes

Our small aquaponic system is now 5 months old and the aquaponic tomatoes have grown big and with lots of fruits! I am also growing tomatoes on soil but these ap tomatoes are a lot bigger and plumper.

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Compared to tomatoes grown on soil, the ap tomatoes set very well – meaning no fruit scars and other deformities. Note aquaponics mean growing plants with fish waste as their main source of nutrients.

I also observed that almost all flowers turn into fruits. Tomatoes like lots of water and is perfect for aquaponics!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Family Backyard Farm – Vegetables, Chickens

I just want to share some photos of our backyard vegetable garden. It all started with online research and finding inspiration from global urban and backyard farmers, especially mothers like me. Since leaving full time work, I had more free time in my hands to create and grow. Starting a small, manageable backyard farm proved worthwhile.

Here’s a photo of the first few vegetable plots. I use my bare hands to weed, cultivate, and form the rows to plant in. This was back November 2014, only a few months from today.

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We also added backyard chickens, Ana and Elsa lay eggs every day. Victor, our young rooster was added soon. The eggs are not yet fertilized so all of them become breakfast.

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Here are some of our harvests. We feel blessed every day with God’s providence and have become closer to nature.

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Romaine lettuce from hydroponics, tomato, chicken eggs, and ampalaya. Our sitaws are also hardworking giving us beans every so often:

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They grow and fruit so fast, in our experience – you will get what you give in backyard farming. Below is a photo of our Pechay harvest also:
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Another type of lettuce I grew and harvested via hydroponics together with other vegetables:

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Planting and harvesting are not complete without simple cooking. I highly advocate not wasting any of your produce by being diligent in monitoring and cooking. Sharing some simple recipes to go with your harvest (in photos):

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Raw ampalaya salad: just mix your harvested tomatoes and ampalaya together. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Backyard egg sandwich with backyard tomatoes and lettuce

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Omelet with string beans aka sitaw, you can also use ampalaya for when produce are not ready at the same time.

My favorite part in backyard farming aside from harvesting, is when my family helps me in gardening and we bond while taking care of our plants and animals. My husband accompanies me every morning in hand watering. I also hope to teach my son Ashton where food comes from, how to grow his own food, the importance of soil, and living simply.

Here is my son harvesting kadios, a type of bean famous in Cavite.

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Happy planting!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Summer Garden

Manila just felt the hottest day of 2012 and I can’t imagine being there this season. I live down South where buildings are scarce and empty fields still survive. The trees, plants, and grass around our vicinity helps to cool us down – not to mention our very own garden where my eggplants live. Whenever I tend to them (I only have three surviving eggplants), I feel like The Little Prince tending to his rose. This morning I find that one of my plants made some new friends:

Good morning grasshoppers!

Four small green grasshoppers keeping cool. I bet they scare off the aphids and ants, both are nowhere in sight. Aside from these green creatures, my eggplants are home to other bugs and spiders. Happy to give them a little sanctuary while I wait for my harvest. Just don’t eat all the leaves!

This makes me so happy and grounded in “real simple life”, how everything falls into place in nature when we don’t disrupt it, and the simple lasting joy it gives.

Have a happy weekend everyone! :)

This reminds me of a clinique perfume gifted to me, it’s called Happy and smells like summer citrus.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Home and Living: Growing Vegetables in the Garden

Great stress-free Saturday mommies! Today I want to share some photos of the newest plants I’ve grown from seeds – tomatoes and okra. My tomato seedlings just sprouted yesterday actually and I am extremely excited to see them grow! Here they are:

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Tomato seedlings sprouted after a week of sowing the seeds.

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These are how okra sprouts look like, they have now grown into tall seedlings with 3 leaves. This photo was taken about a week ago, they grow very fast and I have transplanted 2 seedlings into the ground. My eggplant seedlings (about 10) have been transplanted as well. I noticed though they grow slower on the ground rather than in a container pot. So I retained 3 healthy seedlings in a container.

This morning, I’ve diluted some fertilizers and watered my plants with them. I am keen to learn how to compost but time is scarce, I heard you can compost just about anything like your neighbour’s gurkha cigars or any fruit/vegetable peelings.

My plants, more than being a training ground for a venture I want to pursue (agriculture) takes off a lot of stress from my shoulders. I love how plants let you take care of them and bear fruits on their own in the future, just like teaching a person and that person becomes successful in the future – something like that haha :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Home and Living: Eggplant and Papaya Seedlings

This weekend is special because my eggplant seeds have sprouted. To date, I now have 8 eggplant seedlings, they grow so fast once they’ve sprouted and not just during early mornings. One time I just took the camera from inside the house and when I was about to take a shot – two sprouts have become leaves! Take a closer look below:

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Just one of eight eggplant seedlings :)

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And my aunt Helen also joined me but she planted Papaya seeds. Now here is one of her plenty seedlings.

The seeds are brought from the hardware as well as the soil-less potting mix and plastic plant box. My husband bought them for me and I am glad his money was not put to waste. Soon, I hope – we’ll be harvesting eggplants for me to cook!

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I was so happy I cooked Beef Sukiyaki for everyone and it too, was a success :) Now I won’t have to pay so much money just for a bowl of delicious sukiyaki. I can make one from the kitchen. Earlier I also made pizza for everyone and for lunch, steamed fish fillet with Chinese ginger sauce. I really think this is what I want to do for the rest of my life ^_^

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.