Episode 43: Learning and Living the Farm Life at Paradizoo

Sustainable living is all the buzz nowadays, especially when it comes to food. In a time when people depend on processed food, there’s a certain pride in enjoying a home-cooked meal, much more when the ingredients come from your own backyard.

Thing is, can such an endeavor be feasible for us city-dwellers? Apparently, it is as long as you know where to start.

On top of a hill in Mendez, Cavite, there’s this nipa hut that reminds us of the joys of homegrown plants. It was built with a model garden around it, patterned after an old Filipino ditty we’re pretty much familiar with.
The garden has vegetables that we see on our tables, such as turnip, eggplant, winged bean (sigarilyas), peanuts, string beans, hyacinth beans, lima beans… Cue “Bahay Kubo” in 3, 2, 1.
This model garden (and the nipa hut) is an attraction of the Paradizoo Theme Farm, one of the newest tourist destinations away from the hustle and heat of Metro Manila.

Paradizoo is a paradise of flora and fauna that people can visit amidst a peaceful, countryside setting. It’s an ideal place for nature lovers, educational trips, picnics, and other events where you want to feel close to nature.

Paradizoo showcases a collection of plants so numerous it would probably put Farmville to shame. Aside from the usual vegetable field, which has a wide array of delicious-looking produce, there’s a garden that has herbs and spices, from those commonly seen at home, to the fancy ones you see in supermarkets or even in cooking shows.

Near the nipa hut and its model garden is a greenhouse containing plants grown through hydroponics (a planting method that uses liquids instead of soil). There’s even an area that is devoted to planting mushrooms and bamboo.
In another area, which looks like one of those garden picnic scenes in soap operas, one can view different kinds of flowers and ornamental plants. (No picking, though.) Fruit-bearing trees can also be seen in certain parts of the farm. Despite the large number of species, great care is taken to ensure these plants thrive untouched in their ideal environment.

Visitors can learn how to plant these flowers and vegetables, and even buy seeds or whole plants that they can take care of at their homes. Soil boosters are even available to make sure your plants will grow healthy.

Paradizoo also takes pride of its collection of farm animals. One can view, pet, or feed the animals while learning more about how to raise, breed, and even profit from them.

Of course, the theme farm would not be complete without its collection of exotic zoo animals like ostriches and camels. They also keep several butterflies and a beehive, and hold mini-seminars for guests to learn more about these insects and their contributions to the environment.

 

Last January 19, Paradizoo re-launched “Power of Three”, an agricultural fair that aims to educate the public on the importance of agriculture in our lives and an industry.

Guests may attend free seminars on breeding and livestock care, and buy some of the animals. They may also learn the basics of farming, such as planting vegetables, milking goats, watching eggs hatch, shearing sheep fleece, and riding horses.

 

Farm-related events lined up for “Power of Three” include the Veggie Festival from Feb. 16 to 22, the Livestock Festival from the 23rd up to March 3, and the Milk and Cheese Festival on March 2 and 3.

Flower lovers will enjoy Paradizoo’s exhibit of floral designs, topiary, and hedges at the Flower Festival, which will be held until Feb. 15. They may also celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb. 10, complete with fortune telling, sky lantern floating, and snake shows to usher in the Year of the Water Snake. In line with Paradizoo’s environmental advocacy, there will also be a tree-planting activity with the Haribon Foundation on Feb. 23.

Zoomanity Group President Robert Yupangco says Paradizoo works on the concept of an eco-friendly tourist attraction. The theme farm aims to provide a meaningful visit by focusing on Zoomanity’s four E’s: education, environmental conservation, exhibit of flora and fauna, and entertainment.

There’s much to appreciate in Paradizoo Theme Farm. Not only will you enjoy being close to nature, you may also learn about the flora and fauna that sustain us. Who knows, you may even be inspired to bring a piece of the farm life with you, be it animal, flower, or vegetable, and raise a profitable, sustainable garden in your home.

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Paradizoo Theme Farm
Km. 63 Panguyan
Mendez, Cavite
For more information, contact:
(02) 898-3695
899-9824
0917-835-1111
Visit the Zoomanity Group website:
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