By Bohol Island News Staff | 10:53 AM September 29, 2019
What used to be a huge chunk of barren land carpeted with nothing but wild grass, now is teeming with thousands of sunflowers and other flora grown thru organic farming.
Due to the natural beauty that radiates from its 5,000 sunflowers, RJ Javier’s Tropical Farm became an instant tourist attraction in the small of town of Pilar, 86.6 kilometers from the capital of Tagbilaran in the province of Bohol.
It was thanks to the owner Rodolfo Javier Jr. who painstakingly brought back the life to the 22-hectare land.
It took him six years to care for it and nursed it to become what it is today. Eventually, Mother Nature lent a hand and soon from the land sprouted organic herbs and crops.
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To reach RJ Javier’s Tropical Fruit Farm, motorists can take the Pilar road. A few meters from NIA Office, turn left to the first road. From there, one will see a marker, which welcomes motorists to Barangay Cagawasan for a 5-minute drive to the farm.
RJ’s farm has contributed to the slow growth of hectarage returning to organic farming.
The organic farm here are growing thousands and several varieties of fruit-bearing trees, vegetables and other crops and root crops.
Apart from seeing the vast field of sunflowers, people are also coming here for fruit picking.
Since its opening just this month, the farm has drawn hundreds of tourists every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
He said tourists would enjoy a scenery of 5,000 “towering and buoyant” sunflowers and take pictures of it.
However, visitors must hurry since sunflowers wither and could only last for 14 days.
RJ’s farm is a testament that more people are now engage in organic farming. His farm is also proof that there’s money in agriculture.