When one thinks of farming, the visualization is usually a piece of land with various crops, situated in a flat plane or a valley. Very rarely is a farm situated on a beach by the ocean. Maintaining a beach farm requires more work than a regular farm, but the composition of the soil by the beach provides a number of benefits that allow this kind of agriculture to be more sustainable.
Sambali Beach Farm is located on the shore of the West Philippine Sea. Before it could become a full-fledged farm, founder Ching Camara had to cultivate the soil to make it rich enough to grow plants. One of the main benefits of having the farm by the beach is that there are less pests, which allows it to do away with harmful pesticides. The farm is all-organic, and is maintained with natural technologies such as vermicompost, biochar, and bokashi balls to aid in the process of growing the produce. The natural process employed by SBF, albeit slower than what is considered “traditional” farming in the 21st Century, results in produce that grows in the way nature intended.
The farm began as a humble herb garden in the early 2000’s. Ching, who had no prior farming experience, began to work on the land as a tribute to her late mother. She took up courses in Biodynamic Farming and studied how the unconventional method of beach farming could help an organic farm flourish. It started off with several herbs and edible plants, eventually growing bigger as demand for its produce went up, expanding into the fully fledged farm it is today.
Getting rid of waste is one of a home’s perennial problems. Food waste is one prominent and unavoidable problem, but it can be addressed in an effective manner with the use of Bokashi.
To the uninitiated, the term biochar will probably sound like it’s some sort of hazardous material involved in a sci-fi flick. But it’s quite the opposite: biochar is a soil amendment, which is to say that it helps condition the soil for planting. It is made up of agricultural waste that turned into charcoal.
Many are quite averse to the sight of earthworms — particularly African night crawlers, perhaps — but these small, slimy creatures are an important part in the process of farming.
Trainings and Tours
We offer trainings for Biochar, Bokashi feeds, Bokashi balls, organic pork and chicken production, organic crop production.
Orientation: P500 per person (3 hours, inclusive of one simple meal)
Intensive training: P7,000 per person (3 days, inclusive of accomodation and all meals during the stay)
*Minimum 10 pax
We also offer day tours for P750 per person inclusive of a simple meal.
*Minimum 02 pax
How to schedule trainings and tours
Contact Mersi Carballo at +63 917 578 2717