OFWEarns More From Farm Tourism Site In Laguna Image Credit: Agriculture
OFWEarns More From Farm Tourism Site In Laguna Image Credit: Agriculture

OFW Earns More From Farm Tourism Site In Laguna

VICTOR P. ESMERIS, an OFW in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, saw the potential of farm tourism and decided to start his own site in the Philippines.

Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

“Esmeris Farm is a combination of farm tourism, conventional farming, and nature conservation. We earn more from farm tourism because we have good numbers of guests who visit our farm,” Victor said.

The farm has a camp site, known as Daang Hari Campgrounds which, according to Esmeris, enjoys a distinct advantage because Esmeris Farm sits atop a hill in Liliw, Laguna, in the outskirts of the Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape national park.

Guests can enjoy activities that combine nature and physical activities like trekking to nearby nature sites such as Kilangin Falls.

As an added boost to their farm tourism setup, horses are raised on the farm for the visitors to ride.

Esmeris Farm is being currently managed by Amanda, Victor Esmeris’s wife, and their son, Reinaldo.

“My family needs to maintain the farm almost every day because that’s where we get extra income aside from my work overseas. Eventually, Esmeris Farm will be our primary source of profit, especially when my retirement comes,” the family patriarch said.

The Esmeris family preserves the lush surroundings with practices similar to farming such as weeding, tilling, and trellising. They even allow the horses to graze as a practical and natural way to keep the grass trimmed while keeping their animals well-fed.

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