During this stay in North Cotabato, a farm buddy, Inday Ninfa, 43, keeps me company. Our 2-hectare farm, Marbel Forest Garden, is planted to native trees, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and ornamental plants as well. Now that it is fruiting season we have our fill of durian, rambutan, mangosteen, lanzones and marang. We also have raised beds planted to a variety of vegetables — bitter gourd, okra, eggplant, squash, string beans, pechay, radish, bell pepper, finger chilies. We have clipping beds of kangkong, saluyot (Nalta jute), sweet potato, and alugbati (Malabar nightshade) from which we harvest daily.