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Ten years ago my wife and myself bought two hectares of land in Takunan, a more rural part of Davao, probably about one hour from Bob’s area. Even though we have never met, I’ve been following his adventures for many years, and is a great source of knowledge and information
The land was fairly wild and overgrown, but as part of a divided coconut plantation, was already planted with mature native trees which are fruit bearing, along with banana trees of various species. The native coconut trees are the tall ones. They take longer to grow but live longer and produce a good harvest about three or four times a year. The new hybrid are shorter, fast growing, easy to harvest but short lived
The plan was to plant the land after clearing, fence it and build a house, grow vegetables for our consumption as well as selling into the local market, produce eggs and goats. All in all, a fairly low tech relaxed lifestyle ready for my retirement.
Mission accomplished. Thanks to hard work from my father and mother in law, brothers in law and local workers.
The original 90 or so native coconut trees have been added to by an equal number of hybrid ones, as well as local fruits, durian, lanzones, rambutan, mango, pomelo as well as an assortment of flowers and bamboos. I recently retired and we spent some time there watching the building of the chicken house and goat house. We have native chickens, some we eat but mainly for egg production. Native eggs sell at a premium and are much tastier.
We also started a vegetable patch after spending some time with one of Bobs contacts, Rodelio Dalisay who runs Wyndward Organic urban farm in Davao. He gave us advice and help on what to grow, turning our original few beds into a large area producing mixed vegetables for us to eat, and a surplus we sell twice a week to he local market.
This relaxed outdoor life is what I intended, after retirement and look forward to our return
As for the house, my wife designed and supervised its construction from our home in England via the magic of the internet and FaceTime. Her brother supervised at the other end. Neither had any experience, but they have done an incredible job. good builders and tradesmen made the job easier.
We are back home now. My father in law runs the place and does a great job along with the young guys that work for us.
I’m looking forward to returning soon. Winter here is just around the corner