Philippines: Catanduanes farm cultivates youth's interest in sustainable farming practices

Torreda's passion for teaching and promoting agriculture extends beyond her farm. In fact, she was recognized as a regional and national winner of the Outstanding Rural Women 2021 award in the agriculture category. Even before her farm was fully established, Torreda was already committed to educating the youth about farming. She is eager to share her knowledge and ideas with everyone, inspiring others to take up sustainable and organic farming practices.

After graduating from Hotel and Restaurant Services, Torreda worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for some time. However, her interest in agriculture was piqued when she came across someone selling strawberries online, despite the warm climate in Catanduanes. Intrigued, she purchased some seedlings and began experimenting with strawberry cultivation, eventually succeeding in propagating them on her farm.

After six months of propagating, the strawberry farm started to gain attention from curious locals who were amazed that strawberries can be grown in their area. As interest in the farm grew, more and more people started dropping by to see Torreda's strawberries. This led Torreda to develop the farm as a tourist destination. Today, in addition to strawberries, the farm also grows other crops, such as vegetables, mulberries, and blackberries, through intercropping.

Torreda's passion for farming was nurtured by her parents, who were both vegetable farmers. Today, she is a full-time farmer and actively manages her farm.


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