"I would like to thank Agricultural Training Institute for conducting this training here at our beloved school. We had learned a lot of information in regards to agriculture especially care and management of plants. I really appreciated the efforts exerted and the free farm tools and supplies given to us. A very big thanks to all of you,” expressed Marlon Cuerdo, one of the 25 student-participants of the Garden in the School at Tan-awan National High School, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental that ran from September 4-6, 2019.
Mr. Mark John Fabale, Teacher II of the said school discussed to the participants the importance of farming, basic urban gardening, cultural management of communal garden, basic food system, healthy food system, and clean environment. While, Mr. Andy Carampatana, Agricultural Technologist of City Agriculture’s Office in Kabankalan demonstrated and performed the different organic concoctions such as Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ), Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ), Indigenous Microorganism (IMO), and Oriental Herbal Nutrients (OHN), setting of plastic mulch to the plot and sowing of vegetable seeds.
This activity is the second batch of the “Garden in the School” program of ATI Region 6 headed by its Center Director Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista to promote food security in schools and communities through self-help food production activities and values among learners and appreciation of agriculture as a life support system.