NOVALICHES, Quezon City—The youth, as they say, is the hope and future of the nation, and maybe especially so for the agriculture sector.
Hence, to encourage more young people, especially those in the metro, to engage in farming, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducts school visits to talk about the basics of urban agriculture to students and teachers.
This is part of the project entitled “Glamourizing Farming through Urban Agriculture: Metropolitan Youth in Sustainable and Healthy Living” spearheaded by the ATI-Partnerships and Accreditation Division (PAD).
CALOOCAN CITY, Metro Manila—Recognizing the role of teachers in developing a child’s skills and values, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to partner with them to help ensure food security for the future generations.
The 100 teachers from Cielito Zamora Memorial School are now also among these partners as they took part in a knowledge-sharing activity on urban farming held by the ATI in the school. Here they found new ways of growing vegetables in the small space and with the materials have in their campus.
BIGNAY, Valenzuela City—Residents of Disiplina Village in Bignay, Valenzuela City were introduced to farming as one of Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) partner farmers gave a free lecture on urban agriculture during the DZMM Kapamilya Day.
Joel Frago, owner of the ATI Learning Site, Forest Wood Garden, shared his knowledge and experiences in terms of using small available spaces and recyclable containers they have at home to produce organically grown herbs and vegetables. He also discussed the steps in producing herbs and lettuce as well as the use of organic fertilizers.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—Organic agriculture continues to boom in the country and people living in the cities are starting to take interest in farming. Taking advantage of this trend, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted two seminars on organic agriculture for the urban setting this year.
Following the free seminar on organic concoctions held in February, Duran Agribusiness and Training Center farm and training manager Luis Bausa returned to ATI to share about the vermiculture technology for organic farming.
CALOOCAN CITY, Metro Manila—To realize the national thrust on food availability and affordability, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) carries on with its street caravans for the ATIng Gulayan ng DA and Glamourizing Farming through Agriculture: Metropolitan Youth in Sustainable and Healthy Living projects.
With these street caravans, the ATI aims to empower urban communities to grow vegetables and other food sources in their own backyards or in communal gardens.
DILIMAN, Quezon City - With the effort to lessen hunger in urban communities, the Department of Agriculture (DA) established the fourth Urban Agriculture-Pagkain Para Sa Masa (UA-PPSM) site at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) compound.
With the theme 'Sa maliit na espasyo, may pagkain tayo', the UA-PPSM aims to encourage urban poor families to integrate urban farming into their lifestyle. The Department considers this initiative as a step towards reducing the poverty incidence of the country’s growing population.
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.