Farming

How I Developed a Heart Condition

My mother, Cha Sonia (Except otherwise explained, the characters in the story are farmhands in my grandparents’ Argo Farms in Bgy. San Isidro, Bacon, Sorsogon.) Last Thursday there was an incident at the farm which was triggered by Peter’s wife dropping by in the late afternoon. I asked Tia if she was a frequent visitor …

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Peter

Peter enjoying the fact that his ride is better than mine It never fails to amaze me that people who have experienced hardship all their lives have the best sense of humor. Peter, for instance. A few years ago, when we took over the management of ARGO Farms after the death of my aunt we’ve …

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Lucky Earns His Keep

Lucky is now a legitimate member of the ARGO Farms work force Lucky had an auspicious birth – hence, Lucky. But I’ve already written about it. Truth be told, I’m not sure who’s luckier, Lucky the carabao or ARGO Farms. Lucky was born in 2014. Of the many births in our farm after Tita Carina’s …

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How I Developed a Heart Condition

(Except otherwise explained, the characters in the story are farmhands in my grandparents’ Argo Farms in Bgy. San Isidro, Bacon, Sorsogon.) Last Thursday there was an incident at the farm which was triggered by Peter’s wife dropping by in the late afternoon. I asked Tia if she was a frequent visitor and she told me …

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How We Got Lucky

Four years ago when we started at ARGO Farms, there were only five carabaos. One is called Gurangan, the most senior caraballa (female carabao), who calves almost every year; the other caraballa had her nostrils ripped (because of irresponsible management) and was now unable to wear a ring where a rope could be inserted; one …

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Carabao Sense

The expected but untimely calving of Pas-ing the carabao blindsided us at ARGO Farms. We were on our second week of coconut harvest having encountered a two-week delay due to successive deaths in the family of our parakanggot. When we finally commenced, Owet, our parakanggot, had a minor accident when a coconut fell on his …

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Bettina

Bettina, a mare that my aunt bought two years ago, had produced another foal. It’s another male and was named Beloy. Last year, Bettina gave birth to Cloppy, who has gotten so big he’s as big and as strong as Mike, the stallion who had sired him.  Cloppy was named by my nephew and niece. …