To see someone young in this line of business that we barely even see through our electronic portable screens is beyond those connotations of what millennials are. Farmer Enzo is the chief farmer of Earthbeat Farms where they plant, grow, and deliver fresh produce. Admittingly, he never thought that he would be in the farming and agriculture business, but he believes that one way of helping the country is for continuous growth and sustainability in the food system.
We asked Farmer Enzo a few questions about life on a farm.
What inspired you to be a farmer?
I saw the potential for impactful business in going into agriculture. It felt right to have a reason to go out of Manila and pursue something that had I had developed a love for.
What made you decide to start your own business?
I always believed that starting a business is part of my personal truth. I just don’t believe I am meant to work to for someone else and fulfill their dreams.
Tell us about farm life!
It can be fun and idyllic but at the same time comes with all the nuances of growing a business. I’d much rather be immersed in farm life to do our work. The best part is growing an ecosystem that is there to support, sustain and thrive. There are so many moving parts in nature that we cannot see or comprehend. We just know that it is there. We are rewarded with bounty when we set out to increase nature.
What’s your day like as Farmer Enzo?
A day on the farm consists of planning with our farmers, checking on how crops are performing, harvesting, and collecting feed for the animals, among other farm tasks. The business and administrative tasks are for the lunch break and after hours.
What do you think is the most important thing in maintaining your kind of business?
On a farm, maintaining a healthy ecosystem is essential for life to thrive. Similarly, I believe all stakeholders in the food system must be consciously involved for us to make a difference. If you eat, that means you’re included.
Farming, especially here in the Philippines, is a thriving way of livelihood for most Filipinos. Standing under the scorching sun or drenched in pouring rain, like every farmer, Enzo makes sure that he is maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Like the first stages of a bud’s development, the tedious process of a crop’s growth mirrors the long-hours of Enzo and his team in preserving the fruits of their labor and the merits of people’s lives included. To be a farmer is to also be a businessman. To be able to oversee everything in order to retain his business is a way to also sustain farming life.
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