Urban Agri Campaign Stops by Urduja Elementary School

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Parents, teachers, and students of Urduja Elementary School learn how to use plastic bottles as plant containers. (photo by Clemente Gabion)

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.

On March 6, some staff from the ATI Partnerships and Accreditation Division (PAD) stopped by Urduja Elementary School to share about the basics of urban gardening to around 40 community members including Grade 5 and 6 students, parents, teachers, and barangay officials.

The participants were introduced to the components of urban gardening, container gardening, waste management, organic agriculture, pest management, harvest management, record-keeping, and the state of Philippine agriculture. They also took part in a hands-on workshop on reusing plastic bottles as plant containers.

“The activity taught us how to plant and how to use recycled materials for planting. It enlightened us on the advantages of gardening to children and parents. We thank the ATI for everything they taught us,” Evelyn Wright, one of the parents present at the activity, said.

The students also shared their appreciation for the knowledge they gained. Among them is Ice Christian Meracap who learned “how to use organic fertilizers properly.”

The ATI PAD staff hoped that through the activity, these children will be encouraged to form their own 4-H Clubs to help attain food security for Filipinos in years ahead.

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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.