Costales Nature Farms is a commercial scale, integrated and sustainable farm in Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines. The farm is certified organic and it is the first Agritourism destination in the Philippines accredited by the Department of Tourism. The farming practices are patterned after the Japanese and Korean Natural Farming systems wherein micro organisms play a vital role in enriching the soil.
Use of micro organisms was first developed by Dr. Terou Higa, who introduced beneficial microbes into the soil. The system is now known as Indigenous Micro Organism. IMO is effective against harmful microbes. Their presence results in making the soil more porous. This would then attract earthworms that eventually dig the soil. Hence, “no-till” farming is attained. IMO is also effective as a soil conditioner, microbial inoculant, foliar spray, composting agent and fertilizer. It is estimated that 150 countries have already adopted the use of IMO technology. Unfortunately, highly mechanized large scale commercial farms in the United States still prefer to use pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.
Korean Natural Farming was introduced by Dr. Han Kyo Cho. Fermented plant juice, fermented fruit juice, fish amino acid, foliar calcium, calcium phosphate and oriental herbal nutrients are used to produce organic fertilizers. The result is “zero waste” farming, which is a vital characteristic of a sustainable natural farming system. Even the kitchen garbage is fermented and converted into a very potent organic fertilizer. This attitude is reflected in the farm’s motto, “Throw your waste and it will be wasted. Recycle your waste and the world will be saved!”