OLD KANO – FROM FARM ANIMALS TO ORGANIC FARMING

One thing I like about National Geographic and Discovery Channel is their highly informative exploration in almost all aspects of human lives and the environment.  But still, they could not tell it all as this world alone is too big for a show as theirs.  Hope with this site of mine, I was able to relay some of the not so famous places I visited.   Thus, in my own way I could pay tribute as well to some pioneers in their own fields.

At this point, allow me to uncover an organic farm in Silang, Cavite Philippines (near Tagaytay City) named, “Old Kano.”

Google map link: hhttp://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=SILANG+CAVITE+PHILIPPINES&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=25.565517,56.513672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Silang,+CALABARZON,+Philippines&t=h&z=11

The word “Kano” is a colloquial term for American.  I would like to show some of the pictures I’ve taken before I proceed…

Allow me to tell you the story.  Old Kano farm has a total lot area of 12,747 square meters along the province of Silang Cavite Philippines.  The couple Mrs. Julieta and the late Mr. Fred Ammann owned this farm.

The couple actually started in Caloocan City (Metro Manila) where their actual business is selling of rabbits, turkey and other farm animals to some restaurant businesses in Manila.  If I were not mistaken, the couple acquired the farm lot to expand their business they started in Caloocan.  By that time, the Old Kano farm was not yet as known today. As days goes by, Fred Ammann started to sow some plot of “Dill” (exotic herbs) out of plain hobby.  As this farm is along the way to the famous tourist destination Taal volcano view at Tagaytay City, an unexpected visitor one day came and he simply could not ignore the bed of “Dill.”   He is Mr. Werner Berger.  He bought some and asked how many he could grow.  Mr. Berger came back but this time he brought with him the head chef then of Manila Peninsula, Mr. Alfred Moser.  The man did not just order 30 kgs of dill every week but ask what else he grow.  Mr. Fred handed a seed catalog to Chef Moser.  The rest is history.

Out of a Mr. Fred’s plain hobby turned into a chance of a life time.  Although not that big as what others have made, Mr. Fred sow more that a seed of dill but a legacy of practical organic farming in the Philippines that could sprout into more bigger and high modern organic farms in this land.

Now, Old Kano farm has abandoned farm animal selling and only produces a lot of salad crops, edible flowers and some exotic vegetables produced exclusively at the farm.  They supply to many hotels and restaurants mostly in Metro Manila.

Old Kano was the pioneer on organic farming.   Some of their offer are as follows: green ice, romain, lolo rosa, red lettuces, tatsoi, mizuna, cucumber, new zealand spinach, baby carrots, endive, french beans, kohlrabi, red raddish, cherry tomatoes , turnips tokyo, and stripped egg plants.   Among the 18 varieties of herbs they produce are purple basil, sweet basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, Italian oregano, Italain parsley, arugula, rosemary, sage, sorrel, mexican tarragon, thyme, thai pepper, the habanero pepper, the cayenne.  Their also produce tatsoi fine leaves, mizuna fine leaves, rocketa fin leaves, fennel fine leaves, kohlrabi fine leaves, sorrel fine leaves, mesclun leaves mix with lettuce leaves, mustard and radish sprout.

I was able to talk to one of the worker.  I admire how they continue what Mr. Fred’s legacy under Mrs. Julieta (Mr. Fred’s wife).  I fell in love with this farm though you could see how time has dilapidated many of the facilities.  How I wish I could acquire this Old Kano farm to continue the vision of Mr. Fred and elevate it into the next level.  I am more than willing to joint venture with an foreign partner with knowledge in farm technology advancement to put up both a farming school and modern farm as what Kim Yong Ki has done to Canaan Farm-School in South Korea without forgetting the vision of Mr. Fred.  I know I could improve its façade to make it also friendly for visitors and tourist as it is also done in Thailand and in other known agri farms.  Global commodity trading is now pointing to organic so this and other farms is sure winner if given the right investment and improvements.

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13 Comments

  1. FE L. PORCIUNCULA said,

    July 14, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Hello! I am very much interested to visit OLD Kano Farm. Do I need to make an appointment to visit the farm? If so, will you be kind enough to give me a contact number? Thanks a lot.

    Fe L. Porciuncula
    Central Luzon State University
    Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija

  2. Patricia Laig said,

    January 25, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Hi! We’re planning tohave a trip to Old Kano’s Farm. Do you happen to have their number? We’d really appreciate it if you could provide us with the number. Thanks

  3. Ella S. Icalla said,

    December 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Hi! I’m Ella Seno-Icalla of Mary Help of Christians School Mindoro Branch. This coming Feb 2012, we are planning to have a field trip with our trainees. Can you accommodate us if ever?. We are 50 pax more or less. I find your place a suitable area for additional knowledge about farming. thank you and more power

  4. CHRISTOPHER ROY ALVARADO said,

    February 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    MAARI PO BA KAMI PUMUNTA SA INYO FOR SEMIAR ABOTU FARM PRACTICES N OPERATION FOR 1ST WK MARCH GOOD FOR 45 PAX?

  5. June 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

    where is the exact location of the farm and can it accommodate 60 farmers. Pls provide tel no. or email address, thks

    • Denis said,

      June 5, 2012 at 3:39 am

      Located at agricultural province of Silang Cavite. I don’t have their tel or email address… you need to visit first the area and coordinate your plan before you bring 60 farmers

  6. Noemi Mercado said,

    July 19, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Any contact details for this organic farm? thanks

  7. joan peconcillo said,

    November 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    good day! I’m joan Peconcillo student of CBSUA central bicol state university of agriculture taking up BSAETM bachelor science agri-eco tourism mgt. I’m humbly asking if you are open for internship? because I want undergo into your training praparation for my future profession you can email me at joan_peconcillo@y.com or call me at 09097772665 /09274100235. I hope for a response thank you so much!

  8. Mark Tan said,

    May 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Good day, where can i contact you directly ? we are a pre-opening hotel and we would like to invite you to become one of our accredited suppliers here in our company.
    Hope to hear from you.you can directly email me at markbriantan@cod-manila.com
    thank you very much.

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  10. David Querns said,

    October 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I visited the Old Kano on several occasions back in 1996 to 1998. He helped me generously with my own attempt at building a beautiful little green house of my own, a few miles from his farm. To this day I am amazed at the little city that Fred built, totally self sustaining. There are so many things I learned from Fred; His 24/7 fire pit with a 4′ x 4′, 1/2″ thick steel plate, which he used solely for sterilizing his soil used for seedlings. His 57 plus greenhouses. Fred used to walk every greenhouse every night with a flashlight to fight off any moths and other insects. He kept the insects out. How? When the moths would appear, he would clap his hands and smush them. This had to be done for if one night/day went by without staying on top of this, the potential for many, many eggs to be hatched would have been detrimental to his crops. The compost pile. He had a few employees dedicated to just this task. Daily wood, brush and other vegetation gathering. The guts squeezed out of pig intestines. Any scraps of food. Chicken Poop. Coffee Bean Husks. Rice Hulls. Anything organic, it seems. I can’t imagine any compost pile as good as or better than this one anywhere in the world. It stretched along the entire length of the property in the back, (maybe as long or longer than a football field), six to seven feet tall and tens of feet in depth. Whatever he needed was extracted starting with an area that was at least a year old and ready. It is situated on the top of a hillside. He had me stick my hand inside of it, deep and it is just like they say, hot and teaming with life. Fred blessed me with several truck loads of compost, at no charge. I think he appreciated the company. I used to really enjoy talking with him. Although it was no surprise to hear of his passing, it was also very saddening. Fred taught me a solution to my desperate plea for help in saving my pepper plants from pests. Very simple, Fred had me concoct a tea from ginger, habanero, and garlic then wipe each leaf by hand. It worked! Crazy me, I let the curiosity get the best of me. I had to just know what this tasted like. Well, I could not even speak for several minutes, it was so hot. Fred was the one who introduced me to the habanero pepper. I just had to grow some. He gave me seeds for all of the pepper plants, (brown, red, yellow, purple, orange, green), and some leafy plants I grew. It was truly fun and rewarding to produce these. He told me a story; He had placed a habanero in his pocket for later that day to bring up to the house. Well, he forgot about it and while doing his thing the pepper inadvertently got smashed in his pocket, the juices of course leached onto his thigh and he had a burn for several days because of it. Fred also had a crude woodshop and built some unique artifacts, simple but nice.

  11. jun said,

    August 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    can i visit your farm im planning to have one in the future

    • Denis said,

      September 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      you can visit old kano farm but for clarification, it’s not mine.


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