WASTELAND TURNED INTO FLOWER FARM FOR AGRITOURISM
WASTELAND TURNED INTO FLOWER FARM FOR AGRITOURISM
WHAT USED TO BE a wasteland where no crop would grow for many years is now a one-hectare flower farm that is attracting local and foreign visitors. This is the Girasoles Farm, put up in 2017 by Ma. Vivian Cornejo-Dean, 46, along the Diversion Road in Candelaria, Quezon.
ZAC B. SARIAN

Her father used to grow rice on the property, but when the neighboring piggery dumped its wastes onto the farm, not a single crop would grow. The piggery had long gone and her father had also passed away. And so for many years, the land was left untouched and neglected.

Dean, who has been growing and selling ornamental plants and has also been in landscaping for about 15 years, decided to do something about the land after attending the Sunflower Maze at the research farm of Allied Botanical in Tayug, Pangasinan in 2017. She was so inspired by the large flowers of the sunflower that she decided to transform the wasteland that she inherited from her parents into a sunflower farm. She called her farm Girasoles Farm. Why Girasoles? Well, Girasoles is sunflower in Italian.

The idea started out fine. She was able to grow sunflowers with large flowers. Many students, teenagers, as well as adults became curious and took selfies of themselves among the flowers. But growing only one kind of flower may not sustain the interest of visitors. They would like to see other varieties that are as spectacular.

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March 2020