FARMERS' DAUGHTER DEVELOPS A FARM RESORT THAT EARNS PROFIT AND PRESERVES THE ENVIRONMENT
Agriculture|November - December 2021
PEOPLE sometimes have the false notion that farmers would not wish for their children to follow in their footsteps, or that the youth have no interest in farming like their ancestors.
PATRICIA BIANCA S. TACULAO

Such a thought has never been more wrong. Despite how challenging farming can get, there are always those from younger generations who want to pursue a career where they can grow their own food.

An example of this is Shezil Balili, 33, who grew up in the Zamboanga Peninsula with her farmer parents.

We were trained to plant, grow, and harvest crops with our workers in the plantations, Balili said.

These fond memories encouraged Balili, who managed a real estate brokerage firm, to leave the corporate world, go back to her roots, and engage in farming once again.

“One day I made a decision to live a simpler life so I was thinking how can I incorporate my real estate sales and marketing experience into farming, living a laid back yet comfortable life. I was 29 years old back then, after a year I launched and operated my plans, she said.

In 2017, her plans became more concrete as she established Balili Farm in El Nido, Palawan.

Almost everything in the farm comes from the heart and [is the] outcome of my passion. Plus my family's support when I was travelling from Zamboanga to Palawan gave me strength and guidance. There were times that I found it too tough, especially my first year operations as the water and wind problems during the rainy season and lack of water supply during summer. But now we already have an ongoing plan to deal with the problems, the farm owner said.

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