The Organic Farm Tour Series, Part 3: A Visit to Garden of Life in Pinsao, Baguio City



Juicing is very popular these days and many advocates say it's best to use raw fruits and vegetables for optimum health. But, did you know that food is ONLY best eaten raw if it's organic or grown using natural methods of farming?


According to Mr. Felix Tan, owner of the Garden of Life Farm in Benguet, chemically-grown food may be more harmful if eaten raw!

Mr. Tan at his composting site
Mr. Tan, who practices alternative medicine, utilizes 1500 sqm. of his 1.7 hectare-land to grow crops that can help heal people. He has been farming for 11 years and applies learnings from Mr. Pat Acosta, the owner of The Master's Garden, who willingly teaches why organic farming should be the way to go to preserve the environment for the next generations.


The Garden of Life grows anti-cancer veggies such as bokchoy, sugar beets, carrots, French beans, herbs, and more. There, we were offered to taste some leaves directly plucked from the plants. Since they're organically grown, they are safe to be eaten raw.


From Mr. Tan, I learned that an ounce of freshly-squeezed wheat grass juice a day can help flush out toxins from the body. He also told us that Ashitaba leaves (or what some call Leaves of Tomorrow), which originated in Japan, are good for people with diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer because it contains powerful antioxidants and nutrients.


Visiting the Garden of Life has once more ingrained in me the importance of prioritizing genuinely healthy food over the cheaper but potentially dangerous ones. Learn more about organic organic agriculture by logging on to www.ati.da.gov.ph and www.e-extension.gov.ph.


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