Talon Integrated Farm

                                    Talon Integrated Farm

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       Barangay Talon according to the folks its derived its name from the local word "Talon" which means forest. It is located at the foot of the hill more or less 10km, aerial distance from the Roxas City Cathedral to the southwest of the city. It is the last Barangay of the Roxas City to the southwest. Barangay Talon was separated from Roxas City by the river that run from the mouth of the south through the west. Its prime products came from the sea.
        Mrs. Edna Viterbo, owner of talon integrated farm started as a hobbyist. Her husband was an agriculture graduate from UP Los  banos and when they  were newly married, he often gifted her with orchid plants from his classmates in Los banos. this started her love for plants orchids in particular.

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     After a while she would expand her collection of orchids by buying whatever right her eye.And when her collection of orchids plants was quite big enough for her backyard garden, shes asked for a portion of their farm in Talon (about 100 of meters) for orchids. Friends began buying from her and eventually she had to expand. Each year her garden doubled and she joined the Capiz multi-purpose Cooperative around 1985 to learn more about plants and orchids in particular. She attended lecture and seminars about plants, draceana, harvesting, packing, everything that she had to know about farming.
                        In the course of expansion she also meet and dealt with sources of planting materials and market for her plants.
    In 1998 she started growing orchids for cut flowers commercially and then in 2005 she meet a Japanese buyer of cut flowers and cut foliage offered to buy cut foliage from the cooperative and also orchids flower.
                    Everything was going well.The farm was also delivering palms, ornamental plants to landscaping project in Boracay and Iloilo.
            However typhoon Frank in hit the farm and everything was destroyed. The greenhouse, plants, houses. The week about to give up but then, Mrs. Viterbo was able to get loan to build her farm again.
            so study late last year, orchids are again a bloom the farm has started exporting again cut foliage to Japan and after of rehabilitation the plants again are grow healthy and landscapes are again ordering for their projects.
        One day they try to keep in their farm is to be environmental friendly. As much as possible they refrain from using pesticides and fungicide and they use organic fertilizers from Vermicast. Lately they have started growing organic vegetables.