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  • Moms Are Raving About This Cavite Farm Where Families Can Enjoy The Outdoors

    Moms love the huge, open space where kids can explore freely.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Moms Are Raving About This Cavite Farm Where Families Can Enjoy The Outdoors
PHOTO BY (LEFT TO RIGHT) Courtesy of Dianne Brion and Anna Sevilla
  • After nine months of being on community quarantine with restricted movements, parents are understandably frustrated and worried — not only for their wellbeing but also of their children’s. Those who live in the city can’t help but crave for the outdoors and to breathe in fresh air.

    Of course, being surrounded by nature and in an open space is not an excuse to relax and ignore proper precautions. But are there any places you can go with the family for a quick escape?

    On our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, moms can’t help but rave about Yoki’s Farm in Mendez, Cavite, where families can enjoy the outdoors. The 10-hectare space has strict safety measures in place to ensure their visitors (including the little ones) are safe and the area is big enough so that all can practice social distancing.

    What to do in Yoki’s Farm

    Yoki’s Farm is a family-owned farm that officially opened its doors to the public in 2016. It has an animal sanctuary, a hydroponic vegetable farm, a museum, and a bed and breakfast.

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    If you are planning to visit, here are some tips from our Village moms as well as the things to do and see while in the farm.

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    1. Come early and on a weekday if possible.

    There are lots to see and do in the farm!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Julienne Ramos
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    Yoki’s Farm is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with a cut-off time of 4 p.m. But the moms suggest coming as early as you can and visiting on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

    “Our tour guide told us that every weekend they are fully packed with visitors so if you have young kids, it’s better to go on a weekday,” shares Dianne Brion, who visited the farm in early December with her son, Sky.

    “Nasa Yoki’s Farm na kami ng before 9 a.m. and parang 3 groups pa lang kami na nandun. After our tour, medyo dumami na ang nagpupunta,” shares Julienne Ramos, 28, who visited the farm with her daughter, Julia.

     Being early will also let you tour the property more comfortably. “Hindi pa masyadong mainit,” shares Hanna Calupitan, who went to the farm with her husband Adrian and 2-year-old daughter Kylie.

    2. Follow the farm’s safety measures.

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    The farm has a lot of animals that will fascinate the kids.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mica Milan

    Yoki’s Farm strictly implements social distancing, visitors are grouped per family and you cannot go around without a tour guide, says Melerie. Your temperature will be checked upon entry and you will be asked to fill out a health declaration form. They also require face masks and face shields.

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    The tour guides are there to ensure your safety. “Alam nila saan muna kami dapat pupunta or hindi dapat pupunta — for example, kapag crowded sa animal encounter,” shares Hannah.

    “Hindi pwedeng mag-sabay-sabay ang iba’t-ibang group sa animal encounter,” explains Jullienne. “If nasa rabbit encounter kami, ‘yung isang group nas birds, and ‘yung isang group nasa zebra.

    “[Visitors] are spread out in the farm to avoid contact with other groups. Ang direct contact lang naming is the tour guide,” she adds.

    3. Prepare enough cash for the farm fees.

    There are zebras and tortoises, too!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Anna Sevilla
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    Entrance fee is Php300 per person for the tour which includes a visit to the farm animals, garden, vegetable plantation, and museum. An additional Php100 is required for the tour guide. Children 4 to 7 years old are charged Php210.

    You may opt for the farm activity package for Php500 where you can experience hands-on farming and harvest vegetables. Or pay Php800 fee for the animal encounter and feeding.

    Mom Mica Milan, who toured the farm with her husband, Adrian and 18-month-old daughter Mikaela, shares a tip. “Kahit isa lang sa inyo ang naka-800, ipapa-experience pa rin naman sa iba ‘yung pag-feed.”

    4. Bring your own food, a change of clothes, and alcohol and wet wipes.

    Touring the farm can get tiring, but the moms all agree it's worth it!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Hanna Calupitan
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    Restaurants are still closed so it’s better to bring your own food and water, says Mica.

    There is a small store that sells drinks but the prices are pretty steep — a canned soda for Php50 and juice for Php80, shares Anna Mae Sevilla, who visited the farm with her two kids Daksh, 4, and Lily, 3.

    “Bring a cooler with frozen drinks instead,” she suggests, adding that you should also bring a change of clothes for everyone. “Even with the trees and the breeze, you will get sweaty from running and walking around — mainly from chasing your kids!”

    Part of the animal encounter is the cockatoos perching on your shoulder or arm, so Anna also offers another tip: Bring a small, thick towel to protect your skin from scratches.

    Though there are a lot of spots where you can get shade, it can still get pretty hot. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen or bring an umbrella.

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    “Bring your own alcohol, wipes, snacks, and water. Kasi medyo malayo ‘yung store kapag nasa loob na,” shares Hannah.

    5. Let your kids experience the animal encounter.

    Don't worry — the cockatoos are well-trained.
    PHOTO BY Dianne Brion

    All moms agree that it was refreshing to see their babies walking around the open space and running around freely — “something they haven’t done in months,” says Anna. But the animal encounter is really the highlight of the tour.

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    “Nagustuhan namin ‘yung close encounter with the tortoise, super nag-enjoy si Kylie,” says Hannah.

    “Julia was so happy with the rabbit feeding, muntik na akong mapabili ng rabbit ng ‘di oras,” shares Julienne. “Sa birds encounter, trained ‘yung birds nila kaya ‘di ka matatakot na hawakan.”

    “[My kids] could not stop talking about feeding the animals for days,” adds Anna.

    Yoki’s Farm is located at 003 Tabluan Road, Palocpoc 1, Mendez Cavite. Visit their website at www.yokifarm.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ yokisfarmofficial for more information.

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