By Eula Dee Lañada
Photos by Aeron P. Bermudez
A beautiful accident is one thing that would describe Ragsak Family Farm, which is nestled in Sta. Ines East, Sta. ignacia, Tarlac. Started out as a manufacturing company of organic fertilizer and aqua feeds, they thought of a way of how can they sell more of their products. What other way to prove the effectivity of the products by applying them in their own farm? Thus, Ragsak Family Farm was born. It began as a closed farm only for the family but as the years passed, it has acquired a lot of character and turned into a farm tourism site.
Over the years, they have perfected products of sorts such as Durabloom organic fertilizer available in powder, liquid, pellets and granules. They also supply natural vinegar, hot and spiced vinegar, and fish sauce (patis) to SM Bonus.
With 3.5 hectares dedicated to organic farming, it is covered with cacao, banana, papaya, mahogany, organic pig, and a pond full of tilapia and Japanese Koi.
Their farm is also a breeding area for Devon large pigs, which can only be seen in their farm throughout the whole Luzon area.
As a young farmer himself, Carlo Sumaoang, owner of Ragsak Family Farm, encourages the youth to venture into farming as he laments over the fact that the number of young people who take agriculture as a career is spiraling downwards. To enjoy the craft and make the journey more fulfilling, he encourages to “find someone to share your passion with, particularly in agriculture.”
In fact, he is a member of the group of young farmers called Agripop, which was formed over a cup of coffee. Agripop aims to build a network of young farmers who share the same passion of their chosen field. They envision to ignite ideas and collaborations among the members, offer emotional support to other people going through the same woes and challenges in Also, they want to encourage more young people to venture into agriculture.
Carlo did not imagine to take the agriculture path as a business graduate. However, it was destiny that led him to this field, and he said that he is enjoying every bit of it If he found love in agriculture, he is sure.
This article was first published as Ragsak Family Farm in Vignette A Travelogue of Central Luzon’s Agritourism Sites from the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center III.