You have to excuse me. The last time I blog, I was blogging about fashion and trends. It is still sort of surreal that I am here to blog about farming! Yes, after years of working in the apparel industry and teaching fashion apparel production, I am now blogging about farming. Well, my husband still finds it unbelievable, pleasantly unbelievable. I have previous students and colleague back in Las Vegas asking me if I am farming for good!
Well, when did I officially became a farmer? I am not sure because I am not sure how does one defines a farmer! But just like how i got into fashion industry, it was all a journey, a long journey. Similarly, I am now starting my first few steps in this long journey as a farmer.
The journey probably started about five years ago, when I spoke with my sister, Mimi on possibly buying a small family farm property. She found a mango orchard situated in Brgy. Castillo in Padre Garcia, Batangas. She said, she have a good feeling about the property compared to the other ones she looked at. We bought the property. We finally got tired paying someone to cut the non stop growing grasses in the property after two years, so my sister decided to build a two-bedroom structure, where we can spend weekend. So when not in Las Vegas, we spend some time in the Philippines. It was a blessing to get to enjoy weekend farming in our small family farm we called MoCa Farm; Mo for Morris and Ca for Castor.
Last year, my husband accepted a job with University of California Davis as a Deputy Chief of Party based in their Afghanistan project. We decided that it is wise that we stay in the Philippines while he is completing his assignment. I have to tell our program coordinator that I cannot accept any teaching assignment for the next couple of semesters. I remember, Bob said, "make yourself productive". I have been looking forward to this opportunity to do something really productive in the Philippines; something I cannot do when I am only in Manila for 3 weeks or so. So I have potentially a year or two to accomplish something big, what can I possibly do to make myself productive? Duhhh, there's the farm!! I have always enjoyed those weekend in the farm with our kids and have always wanted a good working environment to raise them up.
The farm is it then! I am going to be a Farmer, and a proud farmer. I always teach my students that fashion only becomes a fashion, when a group of people, at a given time, wear similar styles together. That's why a confident fashion designer is never scared of copycats and believe that imitation is a great form of flattery, I will contribute in my own small way to bring a new face to the what the word farmer means. I will contribute in making farming fashionable and appealing especially to the younger generations.
A new farmer is an agripreneur. There is one main requirement that aspiring entrepreneurs should understand, it must start with this reflection; who they are, where they are, and what resources they control. This is similar to the effectuation theory, which has the main fundamental: Given who you are, what you know and whom you know, what types of economic or social artifacts can you, would you want to, and should you create? (Duening, 2008)
To farm with fun is the best way to enjoy the farm. To farm fashionably is to discover that indeed there is gold in farming. This is the start of my journey to mine the gold in greens.
Duening, Thomas (2008). Nature vs. nurture: Are Entrepreneurs made, or are they born? Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved on Nov. 18, 2010 fromhttp://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2008/01/21/smallb7.html