Cervantes Ups Popularity of Urban Gardening and Edible Landscaping

Mr. Honorio S. Cervantes explains the necessity of having one's garden and the consumption of organic produce.

Poblacion, El Salvador City---Square-Foot Garden owner and proponent Mr. Honorio S. Cervantes shared his expertise in urban gardening and landscaping before the 25 training participants today consisting of 4-H Club members, Volunteer Leader Association of the Philippines or VLAP members and Provincial/City/Municipal coordinators of the region.

Urban agriculture has been identified to be one of the viable poverty and food insufficiency interventions in developing countries. It also has strong promise to increase entrepreneurial activities and the creation of jobs as well as reducing food costs and improving quality of produce.

When asked why he ventured in such endeavor, Mr. Cervantes said “I went into it because of my passion for planting. Since I have only 300 sq.m area, I decided that squarefoot gardening is most appropriate for me. I’ve researched about it and studied it in the internet. Gardening for me is therapeutic. When I look at my garden and see the profusion of colors--- greens, yellow and reds (tomatoes and pepper), I experience a different kind of peace. I feel stress-free and full of energy and enthusiasm. It is as if everything is alright in my world”.

Nowadays, some of the identified problems include rapid increase of urban population, poverty and land grabbing resulting to decrease in farm area. People consume unhealthy food from fast-food chains and processed foods with little or no nutritional value. The challenge is to change the mindset of the younger generation and make farming appealing to them -  show them how to grow high-value crops, raise livestocks and quality poultry.

The three-day training dubbed “Space? Worry No More: Training on Urban Gardening and Edible Landscaping” is set to transpire on March 15-17 at the ATI-RTC X Function Hall, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental. (with reports from Ms. Cristine A. Galupo, DMO-I)