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What Does It Take To Be A Farmcradle Subfarm Owner?

More than a hundred Subfarms have already been founded since the Farm Enterprise DV Boer Farm was established in 2014. These farms which are scattered all over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, are owned by Filipinos with different walks of life, as well as political and religious beliefs. Though our Subfarm Owners form a varied set of people, one thing is common between all of them—they have a deep passion for agriculture and social transformation, and they are strong leaders who have been and are continuously being tested by the challenges that come with belonging to DV Boer’s Group of Subfarms. 
 
Farmcradle is DVBF’s Pilot Subfarm and has already accredited six Dairy Goat Subfarms under its name. Different from DVBF which focuses on Boer Goats and Cattle for meat production, the FC Group of Subfarms work together to build the foundations of Dairy Goat and Dairy Production in the Philippines. 

What does it take to be a FC Dairy Goat Subfarm Owner? 

First - Practical Considerations

How much will starting a farm cost? There are three initial costs that you will have to consider when starting a farm

  1. First is the cost of land, especially if you do not own one beforehand. The minimum size for farm accreditation is 3-hectares.
  2. Next is the Subfarm Accreditation fee. Becoming an accredited Farmcradle Dairy Goat Subfarm entails you to the technology, operational system, breeding techniques, infrastructure blueprints, trainings, animal husbandry methods, access to Dairy Goat Bucks (for reproduction) and Pa-iwi system, as well as continuous Top-Level support from the FC team. 
  3. Finally, you have to consider the initial cost for business registration, building farm structures, acquiring animals and operational cost (salaries and utilities) of running your farm. Remember that the first stages of starting a farm, or any business, for that matter, entails a considerable investment. You will have to consider whether you can finance a farm using your savings or perhaps a bank loan would be necessary. You can also consider bringing in a partner or partners to help you finance your farm corporation.

Is the land I own idea for starting a Dairy Subfarm? The good news is, prior to the accreditation process, Farmcradle will provide professional consultation and assistance with regards to the acquisition and checking whether the land you own or will purchase is optimal for starting a Dairy Goat Subfarm. We have a real estate service which will help you locate and purchase land that is optimal for Dairy Goat Farming. 

When and how will my Farm become profitable? Creating a Business Plan for your farm is crucial. This business plan, though not set in stone, will give you an overview of the future of your farm. When will you start building infrastructure, acquiring animals, and then reproducing them? How will you utilise the funds acquired from Pa-iwi Partners to pay for your farm operations and animal reproduction? When will you start earning from your farm operations? All these question will be enlightened by your Business Plan. 

The Greater Ask

It can be argued that these three considerations are universal to starting any kind of business. However, when starting a farm, especially one at the caliber of becoming a Farmcradle Dairy Goat Subfarm, there is a greater ask:
 
  1. Full-time. There is no question that to start a FC Dairy Goat Subfarm will require you to go all-in. Handling a Farm Corporation is a full-time job, it’s like giving birth to a newborn and it will require your utmost care and attention. There is no illusion to running a farm, it is hard work and it is focused management.

  2. That said, becoming a Subfarm Owner requires patience, determination, a generous amount of GUTS TEETH to battle thru the challenges of a farm. Becoming a subfarm owner is not for the faint-hearted. You must be a strong leader especially because you will be handling a great number of people that come from different walks of life. You must be flexible and have great management skills. Once your farm grows in size, getting more people in management level will become a must.

  3. It is important that aside from having the desire to earn money from a business, you must also have a deep passion and love for Agriculture and our advocacy. Seasons will come when the challenges brought about in farming may seem insurmountable. It is this higher belief and trust that your sacrifices will be for the greater good of the country that will help see you thru the financial and emotional challenges of running a Farm Corporation. Nonetheless, our strong community of Subfarms also provides financial and directional support should your farm be hit with natural calamities or unavoidable problems. 

Tangible and Intangible Rewards

At this point, becoming an FC Dairy Subfarm may sound like a frightening prospect. But we assure you that the rewards will be much greater than your sacrifices.
 
There are many tangible and intangible rewards to running a Farm Corporation. For one thing, a business that operates on tangible products means you can see and experience your farm growing first hand. The number of animals will increase as well as the infrastructure you build and the people you employ. 
 
Aside from Integrated Farm production, providing employment to your community is one that gives a feeling of fulfillment and meaning to your agripreneurship. Being able to provide fare salaries and wages whilst operating a profitable farm is not something all farms can do. A grateful community will give back and support you as you grow. 
 
Working in Agriculture entails endless learning. There will never come a point when you’ve learned everything. There will always be something new to improve upon and do better. 
 
You will meet and learn from people from all walks of life. Farming in the Philippines is on the rise and many people be it urban and rural residents to OFWs from across the globe, professionals, fellow business owners, employees, will you surely meet. 
 
Lastly, the financial benefits are truly rewarding. In time, you’ll be raising thousands of animals, producing dairy milk, other integrated farming products and reaping the rewards! 
 
Are you ready? We’ll be here beside you every step of the way!
 

Bike Zipline

High in the sky! Add a dash of adrenaline to your Agri-Tourism Adventure with our 255-meter Bike Zip Line! Welcome to daredevils or regular humans who’ve saved a generous amount of courage.

We did our first trial today and so far so good! Stay tuned for our official launch and activity rates!

Farmcradle’s Bird’s Eye View

KaFarmilya, we are extremely proud to reveal what our team together with you, our supporters have built in a little more than two years: Farmcradle 2019!

But we are just getting started. 2019 entails even more growth, expansion, and improvements for Farmcradle. More capable and qualified people in agriculture thru Farmcradle’s training and education programs, more animals and products, an even bigger land to develop, and best of all, a stronger, richer and more productive rural community!

KaFarmilya, take pride on what you helped create! Spread the good works and progress our farmers and the agri community have made!

Together, we will shape an even brighter and more abundant future for our nation and country men.

#WeAreFarmStrong #FarmcradleBalungao #DVBFSubfarm #Pangasinan

www.farmcradle.com

Miniature Donkeys At The Farm

Hey KaFarmilya, we have a fun update to “kickstart” our week! Another new Animal has been added to Farmcradle. It’s quite famous and is in fact a Hollywood star. Wild and funny as an actor, but quite cute and tamed in real life. It’s obvious when you see it and if you haven’t figured it out yet— here’s a giveaway Eddie Murphy!

No, Eddie Murphy isn’t an animal, but he voiced the cute-ugly yet lovable character of Donkey in the Shrek Movie! We got two new Donkeys in our farm, but not just any donkey, we got Miniature Donkeys! One is male with a white colour and black spots, the other is a female with an ivory coat and chocolate-coloured spots. They both look totally adorable and we’d like for you to see them!

But first, our mandatory NAMING CONTEST! Send us a name for each of our donkeys and the winner will get a Farmcradle Handmade Care Package!

For more updates, fun and interesting trivia, events and more, FOLLOW our page. Give this post a LIKE. And SHARE all things farming!

#FCBDonkeys #FCBalungao #DVBFSubfarm #Pangasinan #WeAreFarmStrong

www.farmcradle.com

Kalesa Ride

Farmcradle is bringing you down the memory lane with the luxurious ride from the “kalesa” or the “karwahe”. 

The kalesa is basically a horse drawn carriage, it was introduced to the Philippines in the 18th Century by the Spanish. It was the upper classes mode of transport, only the nobles and officials could afford the luxury of the Kalesa.

What is not to love about getting a ride inside the “kalesa” driven by our own Farmcradle kabayos. This is the perfect ride around the farm if you mind the long walk under the sun. While riding the kalesa, you can see the farm animals at an elevated height from the carriage, you can feel the rhythm of the moving carriage and hear the beat of the horse’s gait. Our kalesa ride is perfect for well-sought farm experience.

Aside from the kalesa ride, you can also try our ATVs, trampolines, a rope course, a Christmas Village, animal husbandry, vegetable gardening, and so many others! There are more than a handful of reasons why Farmcradle is an awesome destination for people with a variety of interests.

Book your Farm visit now by sending us a message thru Facebook, email us at hello@farmcradle.com or call us at 0917 123 3594!

#KalesaRide #Karwahe #FCBalungao #DVBFSubfarm #Pangasinan#WeAreFarmStrong
www.farmcradle.com

Rope Courses

Farmcradle is officially opening it’s Rope Obstacle Course! We just finished the weeks-long planning and construction of our Rope Course and we assure you, it’s both physically challenging and thrilling to experience. We’ve partnered with an engineer to build this course and we’re testing the equipment for quality and safety control this week. We’ll soon announce when we are officially opening the Rope Course together with the use fee (rates to be announced soon).

Our Rope Course is perfect for team building activities and is open to anyone who wants a serious physical challenge. It’s a great way to test your balance, stamina and focus as you go thru each of the stages!

ATVs, trampolines, a rope course, a Christmas Village, animal husbandry, vegetable gardening, and so many others! There are more than a handful of reasons why Farmcradle is an awesome destination for people with a variety of interests.

Book your Farm visit now by sending us a message thru Facebook, email us at hello@farmcradle.com or call us at 0917 123 3594!

What’s Behind the Name and Logo of Farmcradle?

Our Farm Name

A brand’s name is what is remembered and is instilled on a person’s memory. For Farmcradle, there was so much careful thought that took place and there were a handful of other good options we had to decide against before we made the choice that we would take decades into the future.

“Farmcradle” is short, simple, easy to remember but is full of meaning. Cradle is an infant’s bed or crib, it protects a child, keeps her warm, and is a safe place for her to rest. Cradle is also the act of holding gently and protectively, just as a mother would her young infant or child. This ties into our practice of animal rearing, specifically the Paalaga or Paiwi System. We make sure that our animals live comfortably, live in strong, warm structures, are always well-fed and are taken care of with a human touch. Cradle is also how we treat our partners, employees, and the environment. There is always a personal touch, responsibility and fairness we wish our community to feel whenever they interact with us.

Indeed, Farmcradle embodies who we are as a people, who we are as a farm. 

Our Logo

 

A logo is a visual representation of an individual or company’s identity, reputation, and values. When you look at it, it should be able to effectively communicate the essence of the brand it represents. When we were envisioning Farmcradle’s Logo, we wanted it to embody who we are on top a design that looks attractive and modern.

The four animals—cattle, goat, chicken, and pig—represents our main operations in livestock production. The blue sky represents clear skies and a bright future ahead. The cradle represents a home for our animals and at the same time it ties up with Noah’s Ark which gathered different animals, in all shape and form, and kept them safe from the storms and the great flood that ensued. 

Local. Natural. Sustainable.

 

Our three taglines are an extension of Farmcradle.

Farmcradle champions Local Farming. We partner with Filipinos both living in our country and abroad, we hire people who reside near our community, we tie up with other local farmers in our province, and as much as possible we acquire goods from local suppliers. More importantly, we sell our products locally. 

Natural is how we do our farming. We do not inject our animals with growth hormones nor have them go thru unnecessary medications. We also feed them 100% grass and corn. Our herb and vegetable production is also done thru natural methods making use of natural and organic fertilizers and smart farming to help them grow as healthy as their mass-produced counterparts. 

Sustainability is an ongoing challenge that Farmcradle and many of our country’s farms face. Together, our goal is making not only our company’s operations sustainable, but have an overflow of abundance to be able to contribute to the food security of our country—making us and our country as a whole, able to sustain its people.

#FCLogo #FCBalungao #DVBFSubfarm #Pangasinan #WeAreFarmStrong
www.farmcradle.com

Why Agri-Investments Are Both A SMART & COOL Choice

 

SMART

1. Livestock Agriculture in the Philippines has grown exponentially during the last 4 years alone thanks to the DV Boer Farm Enterprise. In this short time period, DVBF has been able to partner and create more than 90 other Subfarms thruout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao-proof that it’s not just a trend, but people are willing to do this for the long term. 
 
2. Meat & Vegetable Produce will always have a demand. With the growing population of Filipinos, there is more to feed, and the demand for our products will grow along with it. Hence, you can be sure that Agri will never go out of trend!
 
3. It’s a tangible investment. People who partner with Farms can visit and see for themselves the animals, structures & improvement that are present with their partner farm. With Money Market Products, you cannot see where your investment is going – you wait and hope for the best outcome; with Agri-investments, you don’t only see where your capital goes, you can literally touch, eat, & experience them! 
 

COOL

1. Ever heard of #AgriCoolTure? Gone are the days when Agri is thought of as rural, boring & traditional. Advanced & integrated farms such as Farmcradle now have Exotic Animals, a Hydroponics garden, soon a Butterfly Sanctuary, & so much more. Farms now are attractive tourist spots and are great locations for team building, family & barkada trips, and could even serve as a nature sanctuary. 
 
2. Want to express your love of country? Partner or invest with our farms! For one thing, you are helping provide employment for thousands of farmers across the nation. Our farmers are given all the benefits of a regular employee in big corporations and more! We ensure that your investment goes to uplifting the lives of our kababayans (not to mention our contribution to food security) and that is certainly worth being proud of.
 
3. Part of our advocacy is to educate our kababayans all about agriculture. With Farmcradle, we make sure that we bring you smart, funny, and interesting information about farming which you can teach and share with others. As they say, #smartisthenewsexy or in our case, #smartissupercool!

Millennial Farmers in Agriculture

Farming is among the world’s oldest professions. In a 2013 study of Philippine Agriculture, it showed that ages of farmers averaged 57 years old and our country faced a critical shortage of farmers in 15 years. How then will we face the challenge of food shortage evident by the extreme increase in food prices as of late?

A year after that study was published, Dv Boer Farm was founded. Now, in 2018, after merely four years, DVBF was able to establish another 90 plus Subfarms all over the country. And among the greatest impact of DVBF and its Subfarm, is its pursuit and success in hiring more of Millennial-aged agriculturists and farmers.

Millennials are those born between 1982 and 2002, their age ranges from 36 to 16 years old (note that the age range may be different depending on your source). Because of the modern and socio-entrepreneurial character of DVBF, Farmcradle and fellow Subfarms, its utilization of social media, and having fair and attractive salaries, we are able to hire more MIllennials into our fold. In Farmcradle alone, we have more than 70 millennial-aged employees. We’ve been hiring fresh graduates aged 20-21 years old and will continue to hire the younger generation of farmers as we grow.

At Farmcradle, we, in fact, have a preference for Millenials to come and join our fold. Millennials are more efficient and rely more on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. They speak their mind, are more passionate and sociable, and have a greater influence on their community because of social media. We then make use of these strengths to spread knowledge about farming and attract other younger #farmers to join.

But aside from these facts, let’s hear what some of our youngest hires have to say about why they chose Agriculture and Farmcradle:

“Noong una po kasi mama ko po ang namili ng aking kurso, pero nung napasok ko na at naexperience ko na, ganoon pala kaimportante at kasaya ang pagtatanim. Sa agriculture, tayo pala ang pinakafoundation bago ang lahat ng courses kasi saatin nangggaling lahat – damit, pagkain, gadgets (copper), housing, cosmetics etc. halos lahat galing sa Agriculture. At hindi dapat nila “Lang” or binabasta basta ang Agriculture. Pinili ko ang Farmcradle dahil sila ang unang nagbigay ng opportunity para ishowcase ang mga nalalaman ko at talento ko sa pagtatanim. Masaya ako kasi marami rin akong kaibigan na kasama ko sa trabaho at alam ko marami pa ako matututunan dito sa FCB.”

Anne Margarett De Fiesta
BS Agriculture – General Curriculum
Horticulturist at Farmcradle Balungao

#MillenialFarmers #FCBalungao #DVBFSubfarm #Pangasinan#WeAreFarmStrong

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