Tuesday, November 29, 2016

La Granja de Reyna Farm

La Granja de Reyna Farm was our second stop for the 8th Bloggers' Event for Organic Agriculture. This 51-hectare organic farm is a 20-minute drive up the Marhalika Highway that forms lush part of Tacloban's growing vegetation.





La Granja de Reyna Farm is owned by Martina “Tina” Reyna, an agricultural engineer by profession who is originally from  Llorente, Eastern Samar.  Armed with a degree from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos in 1977, Tina started her farm in the 1990s.

The name La Granja de Reyna was a coined to put a play on her 'Reyna' surname.  The original 15.8-hectare farm was bought by her husband's Atty. Antonio F. Reyna} parents in 1935.  And as  Tina started developing La Granja, the nearby lot owners started to sell out to them.




She had since registered it with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1994 and began producing organic crops and  organic fertilizer. It is the first and the only certified organic farm across Leyte and its neighboring island, Samar.


 



Today, La Granja de Reyna Farm is a lush area with 13 varieties of fruit trees plus 5000 coconut trees. It focuses on high-value salad crops and harvests around P 2,000 worth of lettuce in a daily, which she supplies to Chowking and local restaurants.fastfood chains.

















La Granja de Reyna also produces natural fertiluzers and Effective Microorganism showcased in its livestocks.










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La Granja is a top source of fresh vegetables and fruits, organic fertilizer and vermi worms for Region VIII nowadays.  And La Granja shares its blessings by advocating continous learning sessions and trainings for farmers and farmung enthusiasts.

La Granja de Reyna Farm holds  farmers' trainings monthly as an advocacy, it is  a fitting venue for farmers’ training and workshops on organic and sustainable farming. It hosted the launch of the Organikong Magsasaka ng Rehiyon Otso (OMRO) Value for Money: Investment for Health initiative last November 11, 2016.



Aside from its organic certification, La Granja also holds a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certifitication from the Department of Agriculture and is an active member of the international group Worldwide Organization of Organic Farmers (WOOF).





La Granja de Reyna Farm
Bgy. Diit
Tacloban City, Leyte


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