The pandemic shifted our focus on vital things that help us survive and thrive. This includes living in a sustainable community that enables us to unwind, grow, and pursue our passions so we can nurture better mental and physical health.

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One of the passions that promote healthy living is tending to plants. If you have a penchant for plant parenthood and want to take it a notch higher, you can try hobby farming. Find out if it suits you by reading more about it below. 

What is hobby farming? 

Hobby farming is running a small-scale farm primarily for personal pleasure instead of being a business venture or the primary source of your income. A hobby farm is categorized as less than 20 hectares.

Anyone can be a hobby farmer – from retirees who finally have the time and energy to rekindle a lifelong passion to young professionals who want to devote their free time to vegetables and animals.

How to start a hobby farm?

You can begin by planning and setting goals. Think about the animals and crops you would like to raise, as well as the land and resources you plan to allocate for this hobby. However, you may want to start small – caring for no more than three vegetables or species of animals. 

This way, you can enjoy the process of learning about farming with a lower rate of failure. Burnout won’t also be able to take away the fun and joy of the hobby. 

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Hobby farming is running a small-scale farm that is primarily for personal pleasure instead of being a business venture.

Thanks to the internet, resource materials where you can draw knowledge and inspiration for hobby farming are easily accessible. It’s important to read on related topics, like soil and water management techniques, prevention of pests and diseases, and the impacts of environmental changes in planting and harvesting. From here, you can evaluate, too, if farming is your cup of tea.

It’s also important to ask questions to peers who have prior experience. There are many hobby farmers, especially in the Philippines, and you can easily connect with them on social media through Facebook groups such as “Manila Grows Food.” 

Also, avoid spending more money than you have. It’s best to not incur debt for equipment purchases. Feel free to grow slowly and move at your own pace.

As you move through each milestone of your hobby farming, make reevaluation a habit. Be open and stay flexible to what you learn through the process. Most of all enjoy it.

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Start hobby farming at Nusa Dua

One of the ideal communities to begin growing your food is Nusa Dua. Developed by Aspire by Filinvest, this Balinese-inspired enclave in Cavite lets you own a residential farm lot where you can build your dream home surrounded by nature’s bounty.

With Filinvest, you can lead a healthier, more holistic lifestyle because here, dreams are built green. As we stay attuned to the changing lifestyles of Filipinos, we continue to build the Filipino dream with sustainable, future-forward principles that ensure healthy and quality living in the new normal and beyond. We believe that the way forward is always green – and this is our inspiration as we craft more homes and communities.

Interested in a Filinvest home? Call us today at (02) 8-850-0888 or (0917) 545-7788.