“I AM proud to say that we will open the first-ever organic fastfood in the Philippines,” said Dr. Frank delaPe¤a, an organic farming advocate and owner of an agri-tourism destination and an agricultural institute in Panabo City.
The Aces Nature Farm is a prime agri-tourism destination that envisions to train farmers and community leaders who are advocates of sustainable farming to maximize productivity and ensure environmental protection.
“We have farm inputs, we have farm production, value-add and we process our own products. We encouraged the small and even the big farmers to visit the farm for them to see how it works and realize that they can also do the same in farming,” he said, adding that about 2,000 conventional-turned-organic farmers had already participated in their trainings, most are outside Mindanao.
The envisioned “organic fastfood” will be dubbed as “Aces ATI Organic Kitchen (AAOK),” which will be established in Panabo City.
“We are targeting to open the fastfood this July 24,” he said, adding they are hurrying the construction without sacrificing the quality of construction.
He said it will offer services like the top fastfood chains in the country except that it will serve only affordable organic food products.
“Through this fastfood, we can widen the reach of our organic products therefore promoting healthy food and healthy lifestyle,” he added.
AAOK will serve organic humba, bangus,paksiw, tilapia,chicken, turkey, lettuce, cabbages, among others. The establishment is a nearly P4 million investment and has a maximum capacity of 100 customers.
De la Peña also said that they are planning to also put up branches of AAOK in Manila and Davao.
The Aces Nature Farm, a four-hectare area, takes pride in organic lettuce production, red tilapia production, vermicast production, organic chicken production, organic hog production, and organic feeds production, among others.
Meanwhile, the Aces Natural Farming Institute is an accredited extension technology provider on Natural Farming by the Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture.
At present, some 160 out-of-school youths, aged 13 to 23, are enrolled in a six-month training course where they are taught the traditional 3Rs plus good manners and right conduct in tandem with lessons and hands-on practice in natural farming.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 06, 2015.