urban agriculture

New Community Garden Launched in QC

Turnover of urban agriculture starter kits for Headstart community garden.

BAGONG SILANGAN, Quezon City—The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program transforms another community in Quezon City with the establishment of a communal garden at a local learning center.

Under the Urban Agriculture initiative of the program, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) supported the launch of a community garden at the Headstart Campus in Bukluran, Barangay Bagong Silangan to empower residents and provide them the means to grow their own food for nutritional and economic advantages.

Community Church Helps Mainstream Food Production

Most Reverend Pablo Virgilio David of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan

CALOOCAN CITY—In the continuous move to mainstream the production of urban-grown food, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recognize the role of the religious sector in transforming lives and have now joined hands with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan for an urban agriculture project.

This undertaking, under DA’s “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program, was sealed with a Memorandum of Agreement and a formal turnover of more than 1,200 starter kits to the families and communities being assisted by the Diocese.

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.

ATI, Smart Team Up for Urban Gardening Web Series

Tips and techniques on backyard gardening are offered on a web series produced by Smart Communications, Inc., in partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute.

Through the online show “Kalye Mabunga,” agriculture enthusiasts and backyard farmers can learn how to plant a variety of backyard crops and herbs, and how to cook these into healthy dishes at home.

Moreover, topics on nutrition, plant growth cycle, and some do-it-yourself agri projects will also be highlighted in different episodes hosted by Emmanuel Angeles of Twenty Manila.

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.

Pool of Urban Agri Advocates Keeps Growing

DILIMAN, Quezon City—The number of individuals and groups getting behind the urban agriculture initiative is getting larger as the Department of Agriculture (DA) continues to lead the charge in household-level food production.

“During this lockdown, we saw the importance of food. We learned that it is no joke when it comes to the source of our food. Because of this, the interest in agriculture is starting to grow,” Senator Kiko Pangilinan said during the second episode of Agri Tayo streamed via Facebook last June 25, 2020.

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