activities / Nature & wildlife

ENCA Farm information

Fulfil your farming fantasies as a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms; www.wwoof.com.ph) volunteer on the Cosalan family’s organic ENCA Farm in Acop, Benguet, 21km north of Baguio. Marilyn Cosalan's family has been farming for generations using indigenous Ibaloi methods and both short-term visitors (P50) and volunteers are highly encouraged to check the farm out.

Contact Marilyn or take a Baguio–Acop jeepney from the Dangwa terminal to Acop (one hour); it’s a 3km walk to the farm.

The Cosalan family lost its original kintoman (red) rice farm in nearby Itogon to unchecked copper mining, which destroyed hectares of farmland and killed several rivers in southern Benguet in the Marcos era. Having won back their land in legal battles, the family now grows beans, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, radish and coffee. Volunteers usually do about eight hours of farm work per day. Accommodation is in rustic but cosy lodging onsite and is very cheap – P250 a night; visitors can also camp overnight (P150).