Organic Greenville Inn
DA Compound, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur
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The top photo shows a typical scenery in Dumingag. You get to Dumingag, two ways,
from Manila: via Ozamis or Butuan. Ozamis is closer to Dumingag by land travel (about 2 hours). Roads aren't bad and you see the sea to your left in some portions of the way (just like how it is when you travel across Samar or Ormoc)...
While it is not on the top tourist spots, it is one of the top Organic Communities in the world (awarded by UN and other international development bodies). An international sustainable agricultural conference has been held here (2015) because Dumingag is the only municipality in the country that has successfully revived farming in its own and using only organic means, at that. Since 2010, a Dumingag has quadrupled its farm production of corn, cassava, and other staple farm vegetables and products. It has attracted local and foreign investment so much so that it now boasts of pre-packed organic coffee (rice and corn based, organic flour, rice, chicken etc.).
Food here is simple and backyard farm-grown, of course. Organic Greenville is a result of the municipality's effort to make sustainable agriculture and awareness easier for people to explore. The inn has three buildings with about 4-6 rooms per building, at the ground floor. The amenities are basic (bed, bath, aircon, light, side table and chairs). Good enough for backpackers who want to learn more about sustainable agriculture.
I brought my 3-year-old with me to Dumingag so he could see mountains and fields of organic vegetation. He had so much fun seeing the farm animals mingle about (from the inn, you can travel out to the agri school, about 15minutes drive out, and learn how to plant organic, live organic), and also pass by the local fermentation center (bottom left photo) for organic banana wine, Guyabano wine, moringa wine, etc.
There is a central organic market at the heart of town and people here are friendly. Even the military posts here plant vegetables. Everyone is encouraged to grow their own veggies, take care or grow organic chicken, fish and the like.
Adventure for those who aren't picky about style and comfort but want to experience farm life.
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