UE Caloocan to set up vegetable gardens to encourage nearby communities to do urban farming

  • The University of the East Caloocan has joined the country’s movement in making food supply stable and available through urban agriculture
  • The university will establish school gardens which also serve as sites for hands-on training of urban farming
  • The school gardens will help provide safe and nutritious food among urban communities

The University of the East in Caloocan City will soon establish vegetable gardens to provide safe and nutritious food to neighboring communities.

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The university has joined the country’s movement in making food supply stable and available within an urban setting as the the country shifts to a “new normal.”

Through a pact with the Department of Agriculture, UE Caloocan will establish school gardens which also serve as sites for hands-on training while promoting household crop production and showcase food production using various technologies and other innovative gardening methods.

Urban farming starter kits that include vegetable seeds, compost, and garden tools, will be provided to the university. Technical assistance to establish the school gardens will also be given to the school.

UE Caloocan will designate areas where the vegetable gardens will be established, and promote urban agriculture in adjoining communities.

“We want more students and school staff to adopt the technologies, including communities around us, to sustain the urban agriculture program,” UE Caloocan Chancellor Zosimo Battad said.

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“UE supports the DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program through the implementation of urban agriculture with ATI and BPI. This initiative strengthens our existing partnership with the DA particularly in providing safe and nutritious food among urban communities. We will integrate these with the UE’s current initiatives on extension and community outreach,” Battad added.

According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the vegetable gardens will serve as models to showcase various urban agriculture techniques for beneficiaries, as well as community gene bank to sustain their own production of planting materials for its constituents.

“Urban agriculture is one of the practical, effective measures to address stable food supply while fostering social integration among communities and eco-friendly methods amid the threat COVID-19 in the country,” Dar noted.

It was bared that the agriculture department have started talks with the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines to further expand the urban agriculture program which was launched on April 16, 2020.

To date, a total of 2,675 urban agri starter kits, including free seeds and farm implements (sprayer, spade, plastic mulch, mesh, etc.) have been distributed to two communities in Quezon City for their respective integrated vegetable gardens.