More Hands for Urban Gardening through ATIng Gulayan Street Caravan

All-in. Community members and students gather round for the caravan's demonstration.

STA. Mesa, Manila – Saying “ang gulay ay pampa-haba ng buhay” is not enough, it should be followed by “if it is chemical-free.” As such, we can be sure that the food we eat will bring us premium health in the long run.

This was emphasized by the Agricultural Training Institute’s Partnerships and Accreditation Division (ATI-PAD) Chief Engr. Renato dela Cruz during the sixth ATIng Gulayan ng DA street caravan on March 23, 2017. Dela Cruz likewise underscored the importance of food safety and how urban gardening could help assure Filipinos that the food they eat is safe.

The street caravan held at Barangay 629’s Hippodromo covered court gathered around 50 students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and community members of Barangay 628 and Barangay 629. Notably, there were senior citizens who attended the caravan as well.

The caravan did not only touch on lectures about urban gardening and its demonstrations, it as well urged the participants to take on what they have learned through presenting the need for such.

“Why urban agriculture? It helps ensure that we have enough food to sustain our needs. We are assured that the food we eat is safe and is free of chemicals because we planted them ourselves. We can use it as a means of starting a business. It is also a way of taking care of the environment since we make use of what we have at home which usually just goes to our trash,” ATI-PAD Agriculturist Mark Nello Alvarez shared.

After the demonstration, the street caravan team gave out free seeds and soil as initial inputs for the participants’ use. The street caravan is the sixth for this year, following those that happened at Quezon City and Caloocan City.