|Ronald Costales posing with sweet corn|
and French beans he grows inside a greenhouse.
A big customer that distributes organically grown food products wanted to be assured of a supply of sweet corn all year round. So what did Ronald do?
He is now growing sweet corn inside a greenhouse together with other high-value crops like French beans, arugula, flat-leaf parsley and others.
Some might think that it is just too expensive to produce sweet corn in a greenhouse. That's true but Ronald says it is still profitable. After all, his buyer which has several branches in Metro Manila and some provinces, pays him P120 per kilo. That's about P40 per ear!
Costales Nature Farms is now a tourist destination. It is in Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna. Some may consider the farm remote but about 2,000 agri-tourists visit it every month. Entrance fee is P200 per person who is given a meal of organically grown salad.