Vicky Wallace and Her Bee Farm in Bohol

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Who would have thought that a high earning US base Filipino Nurse and a mother would trade all she owned in America, in exchange of her one chance to establish a community building organic farm in Bohol Philippines.  Better known as Bohol Bee Farm.

The lady in the spot light is “Vicky Wallace,” a New York based nurse-turned-farmer.”  I loved what she said…

“You make good money in the States but you have to ask yourself what is it all about.”   I had three jobs. I hardly saw my kids. So after the school year there ended, I brought them here.”

She also said that returning to the Philippines to start a business was one of the best decisions she made in her life.

Rough Start for Vicky

As always, the non-traditional are the ones persecuted for their unorthodox vision.  It was when Vicky’s husband died in 1988.  She began to rethink of her priorities as a mother and in life.  As mentioned, it wasn’t an easy decision to make.  Nonetheless, Vicky was firm on her decision, no matter what other people said.  Let me quote her mother’s own words, , ‘Why are you dragging your kids to the Philippines, ‘as if it was a bad thing,” she relates.   Good thing Vicky did not give up.  Now, Bohol Bee Farm is a blessing not just to her family but to the whole province of Bohol as it also attracts tourist and it branch out to other possibilities and entrepreneurial opportunities.  Let me again quote another words of Vicky…

“But I never regretted my decision. What kept me going was the thought that I didn’t want to live a life where my children grew up not knowing who I was because I was always working, and later their children would grow up the same way.”

“What kept me going was the thought that I didn’t want to live a life where my children grew up not knowing who I was because I was always working, and later their children would grow up the same way.”

Vicky bought lands where she invested some of her earned money, of which they settled in of it.  She started selling vegetables to her children’s classmates. Later the parents married to foreigners went to the farm themselves and harvest their preferred vegetables. She also expanded to homemade bread.  Her success in homemade bread starts when she baked breads that suits customer’s tastes.  She observed that foreigners don’t like it sweet.  In the contrary, locals love their kamote bread, which is slightly sweeter.  Bee Farm’s herb bread is a hit to foreigners and hopes to win Filipinos tastes soon.  There’s no stopping this lady as she also offered muffins and crafts, something she learned in the US.

More of Bohol Bee Farm on their site…

http://www.boholbeefarm.com/

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4 Comments

  1. maida said,

    February 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Gooo Tita Vicky!!!

  2. Roxan said,

    February 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Aloha Vicky,
    I am so proud of you. You are doing so well and God is GOOD ALL THE TIME. You are blessed and I knew that almost 30 yrs ago when you joined our family. You keep up the good work. I bumped into Julie about a week ago when she came to Hawaii for a visit. I moved back here last June to complete my retirement. I have enough time now but I don’t have the age. I am back @ Tripler Army Medical Center about to pursue my Masters Degree & possible Phd Program in Social Work Law. So I truly understand your journey in giving back to the community. It is a good feeling one cannot describe. Once again my hat is off to you. With much Aloha………..Roxan

  3. Feliciano "Tata" Pongase said,

    April 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

    hlo, Ms Vicky, congrats, hoping for more success
    I am Feliciano Guillen Pongase residing at Catagbacan Handig, Loon, Bohol, how i wish i could visit your place, and introduce my product “UBE BIKO” which has been declared by LGU _ Loon as one of our local delicacies, its my big opportunity if you can spare me your time,for a food taste of the said product, said product was regularly displayed at Loon Macaques,

  4. chucksper said,

    February 14, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Hello, Vicky. We just stayed at the Bee Farm these past three days; and I can’t say enough wonderful things about our visit. I haven’t tasted food this fresh since I was a kid growing up in Kansas eating out of my parents vegetable garden. Everything in the restaurant was absolutely superb, and the staff was so friendly as well. I especially enjoyed the homemade tomato soup, the pasta for breakfast, and the coffee and bread!
    The Squash cottage where we stayed for two nights was so relaxing and peaceful, slept like a baby!
    Keep up the great job and we’ll definitely make the Bohol Bee Farm a top priority on our next visit the PI!
    Chuck Sperry & Zoila Stacey


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