Going back. Three months have come and gone, seems like a long time but when spent with our daughter, it felt like a speck of a minute. Days pass by quickly as I dreaded the last day of my maternity leave. Although the idea of being a fulltime mom and taking a year (or more) off of work was very tempting, I opted otherwise since providing her needs was top priority. Honestly, I was really anxious going back to the big Metro and work, not for myself but more for our daughter.
When the organic agriculture or OA as other have called it goes into mainstream - this term is neither new nor old to me. I first heard OA 18 years ago (hmm! that doesn't mean I am that old, but at some point of my life - I grow) when I joined in a non-government organization as technical writer cum researcher fresh from college graduation.
I recently attended a fun run which was organized by our church. The turn-out was really phenomenal, if not record breaking. This could be due to the fact that we are known for our unity but it could also be due to the fact that it is an "IN" thing. In fact after the week that we held our “Unity Run” as we called it, two big Fun Run events were again held in Cagayan de Oro. I think that a large part of the popularity lies on the growing health consciousness of the public.
I would like to thank those who participated in guessing the letter “e” of e-landscaping.
I was amazed by the variety of answers (21 word combinations!) submitted via Facebook. Some were really scholarly guesses like environmental, ecological, economical, extensive, extended, elevated, evolving, entrepreneurial, extraordinary, eco-friendly and exotic. Some were out of this world such as erotic (?), exciting, everything, e-learner’s, excited-much, edong’s, echos and eklavu.
Although we, are now adults, we still maintain the juvenile traits of the child in us. We experienced this when we had our staff development entitled “Green Teambuilding” last January 22-24, 2013 in Zambales. In the team games that the staff played along the seashore in Iba, Zambales, each member struggled very hard to outdo the other teams in the running, solving a puzzle, filling -up a big bucket with sea water, and beach volleyball. Ms.
This sign caught my attention during our teambuilding activity at Rosa Farm in San Antonio, Zambales. It was posted atop the entrance of a 50-60 m2 garden planted with various vegetables with a “bahay kubo” in the middle. Being an e-Extension coordinator, my first impression was that the garden (might be) was being managed or grown using high technology (electronic) farming gadgets. So I further investigated. At a closer look, the garden showcases the beauty of a diversified farming system complemented by the use of recycled potting materials like plastics and old tires.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.