Hinigdaan, El Salvador City---Reaching out to more communities to go into urban gardening and encouraging them to establish their own community gardens, the ATI-RTC X team headed by OIC-Center Director Maria Lydia A. Echavez with Administrative Officer IV Efren C. Macario and Project Evaluation Officer I Cheriemy D. Generol launched the center’s gardening initiative via "Go Urban Gardening: Making FOOD Available (GUGMA) in Hinigdaan, El Salvador City. The said launching was in conjunction with the Culmination Program of the Tag-Ilas Organic Vegetable Farmers Association on FFS on Organic Agriculture Farm Business School Approach.
Prior to the culmination program proper, the Tag-Ilas Organic Vegetable Farmers Association represented by Mrs. Helen J. Baa shared to the ATI-RTC X team the technology used in their established community garden. As natural farming practitioners and advocates, their community garden is teeming with cash crop varieties such as string beans, eggplants, tomatoes, pechay, okra, chili, and bell peppers. Mrs. Baa and the rest of the women farmers intend to sell their organic produce and be a regular supplier of organic goods in the market of El Salvador City.
Introducing the center's community gardening initiative via "Go Urban Gardening: Making FOOD Available (GUGMA) was easy and uncomplicated since the 34 members of the Tag-Ilas Organic Vegetable Farmers Association have already established a community garden of their own. Their 200 square meter area of vegetable garden is up for the running to be considered a Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) partner of the center.
The recently concluded Culmination Program on FFS on Organic Agriculture Farm Business School Approach last August 7, 2020 was organized by the City Agriculture Office of El Salvador led by City Agriculturist Nolly Adrian B. Gabule with Agricultural Technologist Rey G. Apdian and Christine B. Macahilos.