The Dream of a Farmer’s Son
By: Richard Cruz
As a son of a farmer, I have always had an appreciation for living a simple life in the tranquility of the suburbs. Perhaps this is the reason why I have always planned on retiring in a farm, away from the hustle and bustle of the mechanical modern day living. As a result, coming into my early retirement almost a decade ago, Three Lucky Mountains Dragonfruit Farm (TLM) was born.
The amazing Pitahaya
Being a healthbuff myself, I wanted to grow a crop that is unique and yet would deliver loads of benefits for the human body. In my readings, I came across a heart-healthy superfruit that’s rich in cancer fighting antioxidants… the pitahaya or more commonly known as the dragonfruit, The high amount of fiber in this exotic fruit can help stabilize a person’s blood sugar levels. High levels of vitamin C found in dragonfruit can give the body’s immune system a boost while also stimulating the activity of other antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for keeping the body looking and feeling young and fight off cancer-causing free radicals.
I knew I have found myself the ideal crop. Three Lucky Mountains would go into dragonfruit farming.
Paving the way for Dragonfruit Farming in the Philippines
I came into dragonfruit farming without much knowledge in agriculture. Everything I know about growing the amazing pitahaya fruit came from intensive researching and years of learning through experience: tilling, trellising, planting, thinning, fertilizing, weeding, picking and packing again and again and again. Back then, only a few varieties of dragonfruits were available locally and very little was known about how to propagate this exceptional crop.
Over years of hardwork and stubborn perseverance, Three Lucky Mountains Dragonfruit Farm has become a haven to more than 150 different varieties of dragonfruits sourced from 15 countries from all around the world. It has evolved into a one-stop destination not only for the local dragon fruit hobbyist but also for foreign collectors of pitahayas. Its strict quality control and commitment to first-class client service has bolstered this small farm into global recognition.
Keeping up with an ever-changing time
To be successful, a farmer needs a thorough grounding in the science of his calling and realize that agriculture is a never-ending science. Thus, TLM Dragonfruit Farm has taken strides to establish an intensive farm, producing high-quality produce for both the local and international markets by utilizing technologies that ensure the best quality crop yield all year round without utilizing chemical fertilizers. The farm utilizes organic waste products from local restaurants and other establishments and turns them into fertilizer for the dragonfruit trees. Truly, Three Lucky Mountains Dragonfruit Farm is on an incessant mission to discover new and timely innovations that will benefit dragonfruit farming here and around the world.
Not only does TLM focus on its research and development, but also gives equal importance to the aesthetic value of the farm. The farm also boasts of its signature tree house that has somehow become its trademark, a man-made lake that provides a renewable source of water for their irrigation and where locals can fish on for free, a huge pavilion, and hectares upon hectares of clean and well maintained crops. TLM realizes that in order to keep prospective farmers interested in farming pitahayas, it is important to make farming attractive and appealing for them as well.
Agri-tourism and TLM’s role in the community
Three Lucky Mountains Dragon fruit farm is now widely recognized locally and globally as one of the foremost innovators in dragonfruit farming. It has recently been featured in ABS CBN’s morning show Umagang Kay Ganda as the country’s leading dragonfruit farm. Furthermore, dozens of observers and visitors have flown in from all around the world to visit TLM in order to learn and acquire new techniques and insights in dragonfruit propagation. From a humble farm, has now made its mark on the map and has encouraged tourism in the municipality of Angat, Bulacan where it is currently located. It has helped promote local businesses in their area such as chicharonans, poultries and piggery farms, local balutans, etc., because people all over the world are now taking notice of what was a previously unknown location. Search for dragonfruit farming on Google and you will immediately see a map of Angat, Bulacan and Three Lucky Mountains Dragon Fruit Farm as your top searches.
TLM is now working its way to spreading dragonfruit farming in its locality in order to promote Angat, Bulacan as the new dragonfruit capital of the country. TLM believes that farming is a craft that almost anybody can do that is why they provide young “agri-peneurs” with mini seminars on the viability of dragonfruit farming. TLM is very passionate in encouraging the next generations to go back to agriculture and educating them that there is money to be made in tilling the land and not just in typing on keyboards or taking phone calls. Furthermore, local fruit stalls, market vendors and even small sari-sari stores in Angat now also have access to a wide variety of dragonfruits that are super sweet and nutritious that are proudly grown only at TLM
In the coming years, Three Lucky Mountains is looking to establish its very own hybrid variety of dragonfruit that is well suited to the climate and soil conditions here in the Philippines. It also aims to help locals through its livelihood and dragonfruit retailing programs. As added enhancement to its agri-tourism goals, a bed and breakfast facility will soon be constructed within the farm to be able to accommodate more and more tourists into the farm.
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