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Unleash the Farmer Within! An Introductory Farming Workshop

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An Introductory Workshop for those who want to get their hands dirty with purpose.

This workshop is especially for those interested in starting their own backyard garden, urban kitchen garden or small farm while practicing sustainable, holistic and biodynamic methods. We are combining the wisdom and hands-on expertise of real farmers. For would-be and aspiring farmers, this is a rare and powerful learning opportunity.

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn to grow healthy food
  • Gain a basic understanding of biodynamic growing, permaculture, agro-forestry and sustainable agriculture practices
  • Make a compost heap
  • Learn practical skills to grow food in your backyard or small farm
  • Plan your garden for the year
  • Learn ways of managing insects, attracting beneficials and controlling disease through organic methods
  • Start to culture and raise earthworms in your home
  • Use vermi-compost for your farm

DATE AND TIME: The Introductory Backyard Farming Workshop will be held on March 12 Saturday. The Workshop starts at 9AM with a short break in the morning. Lunch is from 12:30-1:30. It ends at 4:00 to 4:30. Some practical work is included. We will discuss building soil and composting, growing your garden and pest control. You will also see our homestead and how we grow our garden at home.

Want to know how the day will go? Take a peek: BackyardSchedule.March12


The workshop will be held at Clubhouse of Hacienda Sta. Elena, Barrio Malitlit, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

FROM SLEX / SOUTHBOUND: Exit Cabuyao / Sta Elena. After tollgate, make a right. About 500 meters is the Sta. Elena Village Gate. Enter there and follow the sign to the Fun Farm. There is a gate at the end of the road (after Fun Farm,) exit there. Turn left and follow the road until you see the Hacienda Sta. Elena gate. Enter the gate and ask for directions to the Clubhouse.

FROM TAGAYTAY/STA ROSA ROAD: Make a left into Sta. Elena City (it is before Nuvali). You will pass Fontamara homes, Mesa Homes, Augusta, then you will reach Georgia Club Rotonda. Make right at the Rotonda. It is a long road. You will see walled communities such as Belle Reve on the right. At the end of the road is another Rotonda, make a left. Follow the long road until you see the Hacienda Sta. Elena gate. Enter the gate and ask for directions to the Clubhouse.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Take the bus to Balibago, then take a tricycle ride from Sta. Rosa exit (tricycle terminal) to Sta. Elena City.

MEALS: All meals are included in the workshop fee. Healthy yet scrumptious meals made of local, organic or sustainable ingredients will be served. Please bring your own water bottles, plates and utensils. If you have any food allergies or preferences, please inform us so that we can discuss how your food needs can be met.


Nicolo Aberasturi is the President of Flower Depot, a flower grower and retailer of organic and bio-dynamic flowers, and the President of DowntoEarth, a grower and supplier of biodynamic vegetables, and pasture-raised meat, pork, dairy, poultry, smoked and cured meats. He is a Trustee of the Organic Producers Trade Association of the Philippines and a member of the Philippine Biodynamics Association.

Nicolo has been in farming for 20 years and began practicing sustainable agriculture in 2004, while applying bio-dynamics in 2007. Today he manages Earth Flora, a vegetable and flower farm in Dahilayan, Bukidnon, using sustainable and humane agricultural practices. In 2011, he returned to his roots in cattle farming and is now working or networking with small family farms, to raise animals in the pasture.

DowntoEarth grows vegetables using bio- dynamics and sustainable practices. It raises livestock sustainably and works with a network of sustainably family farmers and ranchers in Mindanao. All of DowntoEarth’s animals have been raised on pasture. DowntoEarth is dedicated to ensure traditional, all-natural, humane and sustainable methods for growing crops and raising animals for food.


FEE: P2500 (includes lunch, snack and all course materials.)

P1800 Students/Seniors

Group Discounts are also available. Scholarships are available.

Fee includes

  • Lecturer, all course materials, healthy and delicious lunch, tea, coffee and water
  • TO REGISTER: BackyardSchedule.March12REGISTRATION FORM.March12

    If you have other questions, please email or SMS 0915-8979044.

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