Sunday, February 24, 2013

Agri-Farm Tour in Batangas




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It was a sunny morning, thanks the rain which had been bothering me for days had totally stopped.  Today, with my little boy Ivan we headed to Batangas for a road trip with no one else but the TRTs, hooray!

Our first stop is the rabbit farm located in Padre Garcia, Batangas.  The Robby Rabbitry (MoCa Farm) Farm own by Miss Gigi Morris and his American husband, which they managed along with their two little boys is an advocate of  promoting to raise farm-grown rabbits.



The farm houses almost 200 heads of organic-fed rabbits, and they supply rabbit meat to several restaurants in Metro Manila.  Rabbit meat isn't yet a popular delicacy in the Philippines and still classified as exotic food. But mind you nothing to scare with eating rabbit meat, it is as delicious and tasty as chicken meat, more so if they are organic grown.

We had real fun cuddling the rabbits, they are so cutey and their furs are so smooth.  How I wish we can immediately take home those rabbits and let them jump on our bed, LOL. Ivan was not even afraid holding pretty Princess, the female rabbit. Most of the rabbits have their own names and the Morris kids really knew and recognizes each of them by heart.  So its more than farming, its just like having a household of pets.



Other than rabbit, the farm has pigs, chicken, turkeys, fishes (tilapia), earthworms (imagine that!) and I've tried holding those earthly creatures.  These are being cultured for soil production which are being used to nourish their herbs and vegetables.



As we go around and spending more time in the farm, I come to think and grasp the idea that Miss Gigi Morris is trying to convey, "going back to the basic".  In here, the animals are fed with their self-grown plants thus minimize the use of chemical feeds nor vaccines.  The plants are grown without the need for fertilizers nor pesticides.



I think, this is what I would like to do also on my retirement years when little Ivan has fully grown up and on his own way. With a small piece of land,which we now have in the province, I can take care of some animals and grow some plants as well.

Well, this is it! The Rabbit Robbitry Farm also offers "Weekend Family Package Tour".  This is where the whole family can stay and experience farm living.  They have quarters fully furnished with beds and beddings. Minus the airconditioner, you can get real fresh air just by opening the windows.  The room is very comfy because the walls are made from "sawali" with "nipa" roofings.  The time we were there, there was supposed to be a food demo activity which we missed because most of us opted to relax on these beds and eventually fall asleep.



They also have a "tree house" which the kids like my little boy enjoys going up and down, a mini basketball court, a wooden swing hanging on a tree and their very own deep well.



Beach resorts are just a few minutes away, so if you are done and tired with your farm adventure you can escape and head to the nearest one.

We were welcomed with "blue ternate" and "roselle" drinks.  These are local drinks made from fresh edible flowers. For our morning snack, we also had "suman tamales" and ripe mangoes. 




For lunch, nothing but rabbit meat.  Its my first time to eat a rabbit and honestly it was not a nasty experience, its just like eating chicken. We had "blue rice", the rice washings are dipped with the blue flowers, thus the name.



After our siesta, we headed to our next farm adventure, this time its an spicy one.

View more photos of our agri-farm tour HERE.

Visit The Rabbit Robbitry Farm on Facebook for more exciting farm updates.
email: staff @mocafarm.com
website: www.mocafarm.com
contact no. 0919-4790566


How to get there: MoCa Farm (The Rabbit Robbitry) is located in Brgy. Castillo, Padre Garcia, Batangas.  Take SLEX all the way to STAR - exit Lipa.  Take P. Torres St. (this is the only tricky part because of some rerouting in Lipa) all the way to intersection going to Rosario and Tiaong. Turn left and take the one going to Tiaong (Batangas/Quezon Road).  When you reach Brgy. Castillo - on your right, keep an eye for the Generoso Trading (ricemill).  Afterwhich, there is a small waiting shed, turn right. Take that road, 500 meters away you'll find a small farm with several mango trees.

From Laguna, you can take the Maharlika Road to Tiaong, Quezon and take the road to San Antonio/Lipa. Padre Garcia is the next town after San Antonio, if coming from Tiaong.



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24 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing information about this farm. Rabbit meat is a normal food here in Europe. Shall I visit this farm on our next vacation in the Philippines.

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    1. Hi Celeste,

      Thanks for your interest to visit our farm. We are a working farm and want to make sure our guests are taken care of, that's why at this point we only accommodate visit by request. We are easy naman just drop us a note at staff@mocafarm.com and your preferred visit date and we will confirm it with you. You can also like our FB page and leave us a message faceboom.com/robbyrabbitry

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  2. I'm always looking for new places to visit. I think my daughter would like it there, if only for the treehouse :)

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    1. Just send us an email at staff@mocafarm.com when you plan to visit, so we can make the reservation. 200/per head guided tour and welcome drink.

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  3. I like rabbits, I think this place is a good place to visit with family and friends.. a good place to distress

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  4. We have a farm here in Davao and it is a relaxing place for me to have good time with my family.

    It seems like the farm is also relaxing and the place can be fun too as I can cuddle with the rabbits! :D

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  5. This would really be an educational place to visit for kids. I haven't tried rabbit meat.

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    1. We host small group for education trips - just email us at staff@mocafarm.com so we can make reservation for u.

      Thanks!

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  6. Interesting!
    We pinoy's see Rabbits as pets, so I think it's a challenge to intriduce rabbit meats in our market.
    On this case, the proprietors must have been very brave in this business.

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  7. This place is so cool! I've actually never eaten a rabbit before because I keep them as pets!

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  8. i wish i can visit this place one of this day. the farm is look like relaxing. . i love the foods there too. .

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  9. What a lovely experience! How much did that agri-farm tour cost? My son will surely be delighted to see those farm animals. And oh, I love those suman tamales and those big, ripe mangoes!

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    1. Hi Tetcha, you can send email inquiry at staff@mocafarm.com 'coz I am not sure with the exact rates. Thanks!

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    2. Are you still selling rabbits ?

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    3. Are you still selling rabbits ?

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    4. Hi last-unicorn52, kindly inquire here https://www.facebook.com/events/201155246910212/

      thanks

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  10. This is something that I can see myself visiting in the future. I love farms (not so much on animals though), especially when it comes to organic gardening. I've been a writer for an gardening company that also uses worms for composting. So the farm is definitely an educational venue for me.

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  11. My wife used to have rabbit as pets, for sure she'll be happy to visit this farm.

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  12. whaaa! i haven't tried rabbits before and refused to eat and try one hehe. in austrlia my husband and father in law shoot or try to catch rabbits running around in the farm hehe xx

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  13. This place is interesting. Kids will definitely enjoy this place especially the tree house. :)

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  14. Wow first time I heard about this place. I want to try rabbits and hope it is not high in cholesterol:)

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  15. Rabbits are so easy to multiply in number, kaya nga its a nice idea to venture to rabbit raising business. About the rabbit meat, masarap as in masarap , red meat nga lang.

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  16. Never tried Rabbit meat before. I might give it a try one. The farm is really a good place to relax and unwind.

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  17. wabbits! i used to have pet rabbits before, but their lifespan is only short, so i gave it up.

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