Sergio’s Farm is located in Barangay Maloray, Dalaguete. The farm started off with just five plots of strawberries bought by Engr. Paul Revalde at an exhibit along Escario Street. It was mainly out of curiosity on whether the fruits from Baguio will survive in the highlands of Dalaguete or not. The five plots of strawberries soon became five greenhouses as well as fifteen farm tunnels.
The organic farm itself was borne out as a tribute to the patriarch of the Revalde family, Sergio Revalde. Sergio was an agri-businessman who lived the life of a farmer. He worked hard and would normally be up before the sun rises over the horizon and goes home long after it has set. The family was a large-scale producer of vegetables in the town. They were also into poultry-raising, general merchandising and abaca trading.
Getting certified as an organic farm is not easy and was one of the challenges the family faced. Sergio’s Farm is a regular at the Cebu Farmer’s Market where people can purchase local and organically-grown produce. Members of the Cebu Farmer’s Market would also regularly review each other to ensure they are following all organic farming practices. Eventually, Sergio’s Farm was able to pass the stringent standards set by executive chefs of different luxury hotels and restaurants in Cebu. Today, the farm supplies organic vegetables in the city.
The strawberries of Sergio’s Farm stand out among all its products. The farm first opened its doors to the public in January. During this time, visitors were able to pick the strawberries themselves. But, after some visitors picked and ate strawberries without weighing them first, the rules were changed to protect the farm. Farm personnel are now the ones who pick the strawberries for visitors. The price of the strawberries at Sergio’s Farm is at PHP100 for 1/8 kilo and PHP200 for 1/4 kilo. The farm also sells strawberry jam at PHP150 per jar.
You can take a bus headed for Bato-Oslob at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Just make sure to tell the driver or conductor to let you off at Dalaguete. From the town, you can take a motorcycle for hire or habal-habal to the Mantalongon Public Market. From the public market, you should go through the concrete road headed for the Maloray Barangay Hall. You should walk a few meters from the barangay hall until you see the rice terraces. Once you reach the area, you will see a sign of the farm. Follow the concrete pathway down to the valley until you reach a wooden gate where the registration area is located.
- Since there is a limited supply of strawberries, availability is on a first come, first harvest basis. Due to this, it is advisable to go to the farm early.
- The management of Sergio’s Farm is reminding all visitors to avoid littering. A “clean as you go” policy is imposed for people who may want to go on a picnic at the farm.
- Visitors are also advised not to collect leaves or any parts of the plants as souvenirs.