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Real tales: Turning idle land into an eco-friendly farm and resort

A retired Unilever executive turned an idle land into an eco-friendly farm and resort.

Marcial “Mars” Aaron had always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but opportunities in the corporate world would keep him from becoming one for more than 30 years. It was only in 2004, after retiring as president and CEO of Unilever’s food subsidiary ...

by Marie Anne Fajardo  | July 03, 2015 05:00:00
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Starting a farm in your own backyard

Practice your farming skills by starting at home.

Can’t put up your own farm yet? You can have a ‘micro-farm’ experience and contribute to greening the earth by starting your own herb garden in your patch of the concrete jungle.Laurel Bangaoet, who started Tomay Farms in Benguet in December 2004 ...

by Mari-An C. Santos  | May 21, 2015 07:00:00
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Sowing the seeds of an organic business

As the organic movement gains ground, more people are appreciating its benefits-not just to health, but also to the environment. This 'fashionable' entrepreneur tells us how.

“Our initial intention was to farm our own vegetables for personal consumption so we could be sure that no toxins or harmful inputs would be introduced in the process,” says fashion designer, businesswoman, and mother of three, Hindy Weber-Tantoco on how the ...

by Peter Imbong  | February 26, 2015 11:30:00
FirstDibs in Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Three prisms that allow high-value agricultural pursuits

Our weekly columnist, marketing expert Amor Maclang, shares three crucial points that entrepreneurs can observe when building a high-value agricultural community.

Dear Amor,I've been meaning to enter the farming industry by growing my own fruits. I am from Bukidnon, and although our region is known for our succulent pineapples, bananas, and sugar cane, I'm wary of growing said produce because I'm considering the ...

by Amor Maclang  | August 28, 2014 01:02:00
FirstDibs in Marketing for Entrepreneurs

The premium in food grown in your zip code

Do you want to grow crops right in your own backyard? Take the opportunity to take advantage of most consumers' preference to locally and organically grown produce. But how can you market your harvest?

Dear Amor, My family recently acquired a few hectares of land, which we can utilize to extend our mini backyard farm. We are also thinking of finally making a profit from the crops we are growing but then, we are not sure ...

by Amor Maclang  | July 17, 2014 07:00:00
Business Ideas

Sustainable partnership

Community shared agriculture or CSA is a new and promising concept. As a social enterprise, it provides agricultural financing in exchange for fresh and organic produce grown on farms.

What it isGood Food Community is what you might call a benevolent middleman. It connects a community of farmers with health-minded individuals who commit to finance an entire harvest in return for the fresh, organic produce grown on the farm. The concept, ...

by KC Calpo  | June 23, 2014 02:00:00
Business Ideas

Farming in a cup

Who needs a hectare of land or even a garden to grow vegetables? Here's a step-by-step guide to container farming.

The rising global healthy lifestyle movement has driven entrepreneurs to benefit from the growing demand for natural and nutritious produce amid the challenges of shrinking farmland and mass volume food suppliers.A creative solution to this conundrum is container farming, or the practice ...

by Carlo P. Mallo and Carlo P. Mallo  | April 10, 2014 05:00:00
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When disaster strikes

The frequent storms that hit the country makes it challenging for business.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimates that 19 storms enter the country; of these 6 to 9 make landfall. This makes it challenging for businesses when storms disrupt operations and wreak havoc in the country.This is true for ...

December 06, 2012 03:00:00
Business Ideas

2 ways to maintain your coffee farm

Keeping your farm young will give you more produce.

In maintaining a coffee plantation, you have to prune and rejuvenate your coffee plants every once in a while. asked the experts from the Nestle Demo and Experimental Farm for some tips on how to keep your coffee trees in tip ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | January 06, 2012 06:00:00
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Pamora Farm: Spotting an unserved market

Going free-range is the way to go.

The concept of free-range farming is easy to digest: it’s a method of raising animals where they are permitted to roam freely in areas containing insects, plants, fruits, and other food sources. This way, the animals—in this case, the chickens—are able to ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | January 04, 2012 05:00:00
Startup Tips

Starting a citrus farm

Oranges are just one of the many citrus fruits you can grow.

Citrus is a popular selling fruit that thrives well in tropical and subtropical climates. Some of the best quality oranges are grown in the non-humid, irrigated, subtropical areas such as the Mountain Province. It can be grown in our four types of ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | November 23, 2011 09:00:00