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Gintong Bukid Farm & Leisure: A Hidden Gem of Nagcarlan

The last destination on our Organic Farm trip with the ATI Calabarzon that day was Gintong Bukid Farm & Leisure in Nagcarlan, Laguna. Our walk from the parking area to the farm piqued our curiosity. The previous organic farms that we visited have unique characteristics so we were thinking, “What would this organic farm be known for?”

We came late in the afternoon on a gloomy day but we felt warm and welcomed as its staff came to us. The place itself was welcoming, too. It is peaceful and bursting in evergreen with a proud and surprisingly elegant bahay kubo standing in the middle. Indeed, a visit in the place was quite a beautiful conclusion to our trip.

Gintong Bukid Farm's Bahay Kubo
the Bahay Kubo

About Gintong Bukid Farm & Leisure

Mrs. Lourdes Arcasetas, the owner of the farm, firmly believes that the farm tourism may contribute to its own town’s success in tourism at large. This three-hectare organic farm promotes and reflects the Filipino culture in every way possible. In this way, its visitors won’t just learn about organic farming but get a glimpse of the Filipino culture as well. What they are very proud of is that, every vegetable in the Filipino song “Bahay Kubo” can be found in their farm! Aside from that, they also have kale, lettuce, strawberry and medicinal plants.

Gintong Bukid Farm is an ATI Region IV-A-accredited Learning Site for Agriculture since March 2018. Since then, they have been living by their advocacy to share their knowledge on Organic Farming to the Nagcarlenos. They gave free seminars especially for the schools through the Parents-Teachers Association. Hence, the educational institutions recognized the farm for promoting organic agriculture in the town. Also, they have trained the women, especially the mothers, to enable them to plant their own food and encourage the children to eat vegetables, too.

What to Do in Gintong Bukid Farm

  1. Learn basic organic farming through their ‘Buhay Bukid’ farm tour
  2. Pick and Pay – you get to pick the vegetable you want and pay it afterwards. The assisting staff would even teach you how to harvest them properly!
  3. Farm-to-Table Preparation
  4. Hands-on demonstration on organic concoction making
  5. Take photos around the Instragram-worthy corners of the farm
  6. Try their famous ‘Adobong Kalabaw’

Gintong Bukid Farm’s Tours and Accommodations

The farm offers day trip and overnight accommodations with tours around the farm or the town of Nagcarlan. The following are the rates and inclusion of their accommodation and tours as of December 2020:

Day Trip Package 1 – Php 250.00 per person
Inclusions: farm tour with snacks

Day Trip Package 2 – Php 600.00 per person
Inclusions: Lunch, snacks and dinner with hands-on farm tour

Overnight Package 1 – Php 1,500.00 per person
Inclusions: Snacks, dinner and breakfast with hands-on farm tour and demo farming

Overnight Package 2 – Php 1,500.00 per person
Inclusions: Snacks, dinner and breakfast with hands-on farm tour, demo farming and town tour. The places to be visited include Yambo lake, San Bartolome Church and Underground Cemetery

The visitors who would like to stay for a night at Gintong Bukid Farm can stay at the Bahay Kubo. It has basic fan room accommodation but the ambiance makes the experience grander. The house has two rooms which the guests would share.

Where to Eat

Just like the other organic farms that we visited, Gintong Bukid has its own restaurant. They let the visitors experience the Farm-to-Table dining, too! The ingredients for the food that they offer are all sourced from their very own organic farm. Should you want to try it, never miss out on their Adobong Kalabaw!

How to Get There

By Private Vehicle

  1. Take the SLEX and exit at Calamba.
  2. Drive through Los Banos, Bay and Victoria and turn right going to Calauan.
  3. Turn left at the national road before reaching Nagcarlan town proper. You’ll see a Barangay hall before your turn.
  4. Drive straight past Nagcarlan Municipal Hall and Underground Cemetery.
  5. Gintong Bukid Farm and Leisure is situated on your right.

By Commute

Option 1:
1. From Buendia or Cubao bus terminal, ride a bus going to Lucena City, Quezon.
2. Get off the bus at San Pablo Medical Center.
3. Take a tricycle going to Nagcarlan, Laguna located at the left side of the road.

Option 2:
1. From Calamba City, Laguna (SM City Calamba), take a van going to Nagcarlan.
2. Get off Nagcarlan Municipal Hall and walk a bit towards Nagcarlan-Rizal road.
3. Ride a jeepney going San Pablo City.
4. Get off at Gintong Bukid Farm and Leisure in Brgy. Buboy, Nagcarlan, Laguna located at the left side of the road.

Upon entrance to Gintong Bukid Farm

Gintong Bukid Farm’s Contact Details

Address: Brgy. Buboy, Nagcarlan, Laguna
Telephone: (049) 530 6434
Mobile: +63 917 501 9895

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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