I have this dream of living in a farm at the foot of a mountain where cool winds is a daily breakfast for my hungry soul. Who can blame me when all I breath was the toxic of the city I live in. South Luzon where vast farm fields are nestled at the foot of the mountains seems an ideal location to have this dream realized. Thus when I saw Costales Nature Farms it immediately drew wild attention to me for days. I knew then that I have to visit to this farm.
Costales Nature Farms is nestled at the foot of Mt. Banahaw in the bounderies of Laguna and Quezon. The farm is beautifully located in the town of Majayjay, Laguna where many falls are hidden in its jungle. No wonder this farm is a paradise for a hermit like me. A guy from the metro looking for a peaceful farm and rural life.
In the age of modern technology and fast food dining , Costales Nature Farms aims to promote Agro-Tourism or Farm Based tourism as a sustainable sector where it harness the balance between human consumption, health, ecology and livelihood for the often neglected farmers. The farm is promoting organic products for a better life for each Filipinos.
Costales Nature Farms provides farm tour packages that caters to tourist, students, nature lovers and people who are advocates of wellness and holistic life. They have a set of tours from day tours to a 3-days and 2-nights packages. You can also customize your tour depending on your time and the type of activities you want to do. During your stay your body will have a break from toxins because you will be treated with an all-organic and healthy meal.
For me 3 days and 2 nights tour is just enough to take a rest from my busy city life. After a 5 days straight of client calls and conferences, I felt that I deserve a break and Costales Nature Farms' organic treat is the best way to find peace in the farm.
We arrived in Costales Nature Farms on a Saturday after a 3 hour ride from Manila. At the farm we were greeted by their all smiling staff. Immediately we were ushered to Casa Isabel for a brunch of an all-organic Pinoy favorite breakfast such as Tapa, Longanisa and Tocino. What a feast we had. I thought that we will have an all vegetable meal because Costales Nature Farm is into organic farming. I was proven wrong at first based. Meat and eggs can also be organic!
I will have a separate post about Apong Damian's by Costales Nature Farms who was responsible for our all-organic treat at the farm.
After taking some rest in our rural-life-inspired cottages, we had a little walk in the farm for our Organic Farming Orientation.
Balimbing or Star Fruit Presented to us during Orientation
Your vacation in Costales Nature Farm is not just lying on the bed looking at Mt. Banahaw and let the staff serve your organic food. Your vacation is a get away from your usual routine. At the farm you will create your own snack though Tupig Making, Salad Making, Pizza Making and Tea Making. You will also harvest the egg that you will eat for breakfast, plant and harvest lettuce for your salad and feed the organic pig for your dinner. All of these on top of great learning and sight seeing at the Farm.
One of the flagship activity at the farm is the farm tour where in they showcase the technology and efficiency of the farm to its guest. The main purpose I guess is to encourage people to live a holistic organic life or encourage them to plant their own food at their backyard.
What makes Costales Nature Farms at par with other farms is that they are using EMAS technology from Japan. EMAS or Effective Microorganism Activated Solution is used as pesticides at the farm. EMAS is all natural microorganism which are very crucial in maintaining the ecological balance. EMAS is also responsible why the hogs of Cosatles do not have that common bad smells of the piggeries.
Tower Plant can be installed in our house in Manila
You can plant varios crops in a tower plant. Costales Nature Farm sells the eco-friendly plastic for Php50.00
The farm houses numerous greenhouses that are financed by our dear OFW's. These folks living and working abroad believes in organic farming as a sustainable enterprise for human consumption and farmer's livelihood. To date the farm is so full and there are still OFW who wants to put their hard earned money into organic farming. Soon Costales Nature Farms will expand due to high demand of organic products as well us the willingness from investors to put in their money.
At the farm they also have different kind of chicken for consumption and egg harvesting. The hog facility of Costales Nature Farms is very impressive. As I have said above, they were able to rid off the bad smell common to piggeries because of they do raise them in organic way. What you will like about the farm is that each pigs, rabbits, goats and cow has a name giving them a character you will remember.
For my Costales Nature Farms video tour, you may click here.
Farm Activities (Harvesting Vegetables and Eggs)
At the Farm, you will have a chance to experience farming from seeding to harvesting.
We were able to see the development of the lettuce from being as small seed (smaller than a rice) to becoming a tiny plant to a delicious salad in our table.
We learned that lettuce should be harvested not more than 45 days from the day it was planted. Also it should not be harvested after 9AM. Doing these things will make your lettuce bitter. Catch the farmers harvesting early in the morning if you really want to commune with the farmer. You can take pictures while they are farming or you can also join them!
Egg harvesting is a fun way to prepare for your breakfast the next day. You may also bring some eggs and lettuce through the farm's pick-and-pay system.
Tupig Making is an enjoyable activity in the afternoon mainly because the way of cooking it is simply unique. You might wonder why Tupig Making in the beautiful and lush mountains of Laguna. Mr. Rolando Costales the late founder of Costales Nature Farm was born and raised in Pangasinan. One day he prepared tupig for his family and staff because he misses this delicacy from the North. As a tribute to Mr. Costales' work at the farm the management of the Farm decided to include Tupig making as one of the activities guest can do while at the farm.
Making our stay more exciting, Costales Nature Farms conducts Pizza Making using some of the organic ingredients present at the Farm.
One of best thing that we had done in Costales Nature Farms in my opinion is the Garden Salad Making. When we visited Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay, we had a #SaladWars and my team won that friendly match. That experience made me so excited in the Salad Making activity at Costales Nature Farms. Although there were no any battles at the farm, I enjoyed creating my own Salad and allowing my self to be creative.
The farm has a lot of herbs around. Herbs are natural repellent against mosquitoes. But aside from that herbs are good to make your afternoon relaxing at the foot of Mt. Banahaw. Imagine a cold afternoon and you sipping your hot tea at the porch of your cottage while looking st the lush vegetation of the farm – perfect isn't?
In our second day we made a Spearmint-Tarragon tea. Tarragon is anti insomnia while Spearmint is anti asthma. Tea making is very simple. I was persuaded to create my natural tea instead of buying a tea bag at the mall.
Costales Nature Farms is the product of Mr. Rolando Costales love for simple life and holistic being. As professionals with lucrative jobs in a major financial district, Mr. and Mrs. Costales decided to retire early to live a life in the farm. As people with passion and is aiming for the better the Costales' did not just settle into what the stereotyped farmer is. They innovate and made an effort to make an impact to the community they are living and to the society as a whole. They attended various training here and abroad just to master their craft. Today Costales Nature Farms is one of the biggest organic produce supplier in the Philippines. They are the pioneer in Farm tourism industry in the Philippines. In fact Mrs. Josie Costales is part of the technical working group in the IRR of the Republic Act 10816 or the “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016” sponsored by Senator Cynthia Villar.
Mrs. Josie Costales
Costales Nature Farms has come a long way in its less than 15 years of operation. Thanks to the vision and work of Mr. Ronaldo Costales, he has left a legacy not only for his family but to the entire nation. When we were talking to Mrs. Costales about the farm, I could not feel that her husband is gone. The way she talks, it seems like it was just yesterday they built the farm.
Mr. Reden Costales, the President and CEO of Costales Natrure Farms with her Mother Mrs. Josie Costales the Founder and Chairman of the farm
“Everything about the farm is his legacy” answered Mrs. Costales when I asked her whats one place in the farm that reminds her of her husband.
The farm was born out of love. Let this love be realized on how we give importance to our being and to our health. Eating food is a gift from God and we can do it by not neglecting our health. A trip to the farm has reminded me that life is simple and it is beautiful.
Costales Nature Farms offers accommodation suited for a life in the farm but still they made it an experience for each guest. Each Cottages and Villas are made cool by the presence of Mt. Banahaw.
How to go to Costales Nature Farms by Commute
You have two option:
By Bus. From Cubao or Buendia take a bus going to Sta. Cruz. Tell the conductor to drop you in SM Calamba. They will actually drop you in front of Waltermart which is a short distance from SM Calamba. At the parking lot of SM Calamba there are UV Express going to Lucban, Quezon. Tell the driver to drop you in Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna. Travel time is around 3 hours from Quezon City.
By Van. There are UV Vans in Alabang Festival Mall going to Lucban, Quezon. Tell the driver to drop you in Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna.
Costales Nature Farms Various Packages
Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights
Flar Rates: Php4,010.00/pax
Life at the Farm Tour
Duration: 2 Days and 1 Night
Flar Rates: Php2,510.00/pax
The Green Living Tour
Duration: 1 (whole) Day
Flar Rates: Php1,210.00/pax
The Green Salad Tour
Duration: Half Day
Flar Rates: Php410.00/pax
Bed and Breakfast
Bahay Kubo (2pax) Php1,806.00
Balai Liwayway (2pax) Php2,006.00
Villa Josefa (3pax) Php3,006.00
Villa Marcus (10pax) Php7,961.00
Villa Angela (10pax) 7,961.00
Note: Children below 3ft tall are free-of-charge. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Costales Nature Farms
Location: Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines
Location: Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (+632) 640 6864 / (+6349) 576 3824 / (+63) 917 538 2360 / (+63) 939 464 0808