ATO BELEN’S FARM SINCE 1987

Ato Belen’s Farm is in Barangay San Juan, San Pablo City, Laguna.  It started in 1987 with an initial capital of Php 700.00.  With sheer hardwork and exceptional diligence, Ma Ato was able to grow his farm from a 200 square meter lot to 2.3 hectares of land, and continued to expand years hence.  To date, the farm covers more than 15 hectares, which are planted with 2,000+ trees each of Rambutan, Lanzones, Durian, and Papaya.  The farm is also lined up with 800 Aromatic Coconuts. To maximize productivity, these high-value crops are intercropped with vegetables and condiments such as Black Pepper from India.

Ma Ato has an innate desire to protect Mother Nature. After typhoon ‘Milenyo’, he shifted to the natural or sustainable way of farming. His land is fertilized with animal manure from his piggery and poultry, treated with LactoBac LAS-1, effective microorganisms that are also cultured in the farm.  Other sustainable techniques utilized in the farm are vermicomposting, vermiculture, and fish emulsion application. We are proud to say that organic farming not only lessened our operational cost but it boosted the quality of our farm produce even more.

People from all walks of life have flocked to the farm due to the quality of its planting materials and the fruits of its trees. There are also vegetables such as lettuce, eggplant, okra, tomato, bell pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, sitao, patola, upo, etc., planted to seed beds made with organic compost.  Apart from the high quality of farm inputs, visitors come to learn about farming techniques that not only lessens cost, but also increases the quality of produce. On top of that, these are sustainable and are not harmful to the environment. The farm has also welcomed agriculture students from various universities in Northern Philippines down to the South where Ato Belen’s Farm had been subject of their theses and special problems.

Ato Belen’s Farm had its share of multimedia exposure – in ABS-CBN’s ‘Rated K‘ of Ms. Korina Sanchez, ‘Ating Alamin’ of Ka Gerry Geronimo, IBC 13’s ‘Maunlad na Agrikultura,’ DZMM TeleRadyo’s ‘Sa Kabukiran’ of Ka Louie Tabing, TV5 Aksyon TV Channel 41′s travel-gadget show ‘TEKNOTRIP,’ Voices from the Forest (print and online publication for South and Southeast Asia), MARID AgriBusiness Digest, Philippine Panorama Magazine, Manila Bulletin, and in local publications and cable TV shows. It was May 2007 when Mr. Renato Belen and his lowland Cauliflower which produced big heads, were featured in the cover story of Agriculture Magazine.

Ma Ato has been given successive and multiple distinctions like the Gawad Saka Award for PINAKAPAPAYA, Public Service Achiever in Farming by The Philippine Councilors League, Outstanding Smallholders Gintong Ani Award for High-Value Commercial Crops, Agri-Aqua Network, Inc.’s Partners’ Tribute for Commercial Propagation of Fruit-Bearing Trees, One of Ten Outstanding San Pableños for his contributions in Agriculture and most recently, was acknowledged as Farmer-Scientist for Organic Vegetable Farming by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture in Laguna – making Ma Ato a prime resource in demonstrating, experimenting, and promoting technologies in agriculture and natural resources. He continues to attend seminars – as either a participant or as resource speaker, in order to hone his skills further in farming.

RED LADY PAPAYA

RED LADY PAPAYA — Early, vigorous, productive, and tolerant to papaya ring spot virus. Start harvesting in 8 months at about 60 – 80cm height and have over 30 fruits per plant in each fruit-setting season.

Fruits are short-oblong on female plants and rather long-shaped on bisexual plants, weighing about 1.5 – 2kg. Flesh is thick, red, with 13% sugar content, and aromatic. Good shipper.

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Having a hard time getting your seeds to germinate? Don’t sweat! Pre-order Ready-to-Plant ‘Red Lady’ Papaya seedlings for only P35 each.

ABF wants you to reap the benefits of your investment. Pick-up your seedlings at the farm just 35 days upon order placement so we can personally teach you how to maintain your Papaya plants.

We are located in Barangay San Juan, San Pablo City, Laguna. Reach us via our Sales Hotline 0917.676.1915 or 049.562.1215.

VISITORS FROM TAGKAWAYAN, QUEZON

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December 12, 2015 — Farmers and Fisherfolks from the Municipality of Tagkawayan went on a study tour at Ato Belen’s Farm. They were particularly interested in organic agriculture as a means to mitigate the effects of climate change. The activity was organized by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Tagkawayan, Quezon.

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VISITORS FROM GUINAYANGAN, QUEZON

December 07, 2015 — Stakeholders of International Institute for Rural Reconstruction’s (IIRR) Climate Smart Agriculture Program from the Municipality of Guinayangan, Province of Quezon were given a brief on the primary and secondary roles of agroforestry in surviving and mitigating the effects of climate change. This is part of IIRR’s roving workshop which covers Quezon, Laguna, Nueva Ecija and the Cordilleras.

VISITORS FROM BAY, LAGUNA

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December 02, 2015 — Members of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka ng Barangay Calo, Inc. of the Municipality of Bay, Laguna, accompanied by Bay Agriculture Office staff, visited Ato Belen’s Farm.

Since most members of the Samahan are Rice Farmers, we pushed for integration and diversification so they can multiply income opportunities and establish more revenue streams which would prove to be beneficial in times of natural disasters and calamities.

Asked if they enjoyed their visit, the participants quipped that ‘they learned a lot from the experience and are convinced to transform portions of their lands into integrated farms.’ They will be coming back to consult on orchard establishment.

VISITORS FROM AFGHANISTAN’S MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

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November 18, 2015 — ABF hosted the visit of Farmers and Staff from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture today. The visit was part of the customized Training on Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, implemented by the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The delegates were particularly interested in fruit and forest tree planting material propagation techniques but were also briefed on the ecosystem of enablers where some initiatives are still primarily private-sector driven. ABF also shared some CSR projects which our guests, who are currently running programs for women empowerment, admired.

Pleased to hear that they learned a lot from the visit. They wished us all the best as we bid them farewell before moving on to their next destination.

Before ABF, the group also visited Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s Organic Farm in Silang, Cavite.

VISITORS FROM CENTRAL LUZON (4H CLUB)

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November 12, 2015Pocket Training on Integrated and Diversified Farming delivered to Central Luzon 4H Club members this morning.

Today’s agriculture needs to be integrated and diversified to provide more economic justice, livelihood opportunities and ensure brighter futures for Filipino Farmers.

Thanks to ATI 3 for giving us this platform. It is our duty to get the word out by engaging young Farmers to be inclusive. Kudos to our young who hold the future in their hands.

I hope you guys learned a little something from us today. See you again soon!