On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Felicidad Orchard and Garden Organics was officially launched and became the first agri-tourism farm in the region duly accredited by the Department of Tourism.
Located in Barangay Katangawan, General Santos City, the 2-hectare farm is owned by Capt. James "Bong" Reamon a former pilot and multi-awarded Filipino inventor who also pioneered vermiculture in Mindanao.
The farm which started 15 years ago as a past time by the Reamons now features a variety of collection of plants - among these are 16 kinds of bananas, fruit trees, organic rice, vegetables and herbs. It also showcase some of the inventions of Capt. James Reamon including a windmill and the award-winning Rex Compost Tea Brewer.
The launching on Wednesday was graced by Usec. Benito Bengzon of the Department of Tourism who also awarded the certificate of accreditation to the owners of Felicidad Orchard and Garden Organics with Director Nelly Nita Dillera of DOT-12, Director Maria Rica Bueno of Tourism Standards and Regulation, and DA-ATI 12's Ms. Shirley Beldia.
In his acceptance speech, James Reamon expressed his gratitude to DOT-12 for the efforts exerted in promoting farm tourism and organic agriculture in the region.
The event was also attended by different tourism stakeholders in the region, representatives from LGU-General Santos and members and officers of SOX Farm Tourism Association.
HOW TO GO THERE
Felicidad Orchard & Garden Organics is just about 5-8 minutes away from the national highway. It is located near the Syngenta Seeds Research Facility at Conel-Olympog Road in Brgy. Katangawan. Contact(63) 2 846 6404 for inquiries.