organic farming

Urban Farming is Family Affair for More Pinoys

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo joins Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, and ATI’s Romermart Peñamora in Agri Tayo.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Now a daily activity in the household of actress and chef Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, urban farming has become a constant source not only of proper nutrition but also of a garden-to-table learning experience for their family.

The now-certified plantita, who ventured into urban farming when the community quarantine started, has discovered the advantages in having their own vegetable production area at home. She shared this, together with some vegetable recipes, in the fourth episode of Agri Tayo streamed over Facebook and YouTube on July 23.

Learning Never Stops, Urban Agri Practitioners Say

Agri Tayo with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Mylene Dizon, and experts from ATI and BPI.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Practitioners of urban agriculture in the country are stressing the importance of having the willingness to learn proper seed-to-table techniques as key to productive farming at home.

“You will always reap something from gardening, whether good or bad… This is a learning experience for everybody, and there are so many resources out there available for us to learn from,” celebrity farmer Mylene Dizon said.

In the third episode of Agri Tayo, dubbed as “Meet Your (Urban) Garden II”, Dizon called on everyone to start urban gardening now.

Experts Share Key to Vegetable Farming Success

Organic farming expert Dr. Isagani Catedral speaks at the ATI free seminar.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—During the latest free seminar of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Dr. Isagani Catedral of Livegreen International Incorporated underscored the importance of good field planning in achieving a successful vegetable farming venture.

"You should start right by having a master plan–a field lay-out–to avoid losses resulting from poor field planning," he said. He then discussed how a planting program helps provide continuous supply of vegetables to the target market, which should also be based on household and market preference.

Organic Agri Enthusiasts Learn Successful Farming Technologies

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To help Filipinos grow healthy food while caring for the environment, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) once again conducted a free seminar to share technologies for a successful organic farming venture.

Reden Mark Costales, president and chief executive officer of Costales Nature Farms (CNF), talked about technologies in organic farming including those that they practice in their farm. He stressed that, in organic farming, it is important to fix the soil structure first by using organic fertilizers.

2019 Free Seminar Series Kicks Off with 'Organic Farming for Newbies'

Luis Bausa, consultant to Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center, at ATI Free Seminar

DILIMAN, Quezon City—The 2019 free seminar series of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is off to a good start as 370 individuals came for the first topic, Organic Farming for Newbies.

The participants were welcomed by Milagros Urbano, chief of the ATI Policy and Planning Division. She talked about the benefits of organic agriculture which, she said, is mostly "going back to the basics" of farming.

"Going organic is a long and tedious process. You need to be persistent, patient, and optimistic," she stressed.

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