Soccer field in Tondo transformed into a vegetable farm that supplies food for all

  • The soccer field of St. John Bosco Parish in Tondo, Manila has been converted into a huge vegetable farm
  • Tondo residents plant vegetables for their consumption and even for sale
  • Vegetables such as saluyot, calabasa, pechay, spinach, Chinese kangkong, among others are all ready for harvest

A soccer field in Tondo, Manila has been transformed into a huge vegetable garden that supplies food for all.

Image by St. John Bosco Parish – Tondo via Facebook

St. John Bosco Parish in Manila’s Tondo district had allowed its soccer field to be converted into a vegetable farm. The huge soccer field is around 125 meters by 85 meters, or 10, 625 square meters which provided over a hectare of land perfect for a vegetable farm. Residents were fortunate to harvest vegetables such as saluyot, calabasa, pechay, spinach, Chinese kangkong, among others.

The farming process of planting and tending the plants done by residents of the 17 Barangays in the area.

The project, spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform, along with the Department of Agriculture, St. John Bosco parish and the Manila Local Government.

On Facebook, the St. John Bosco Parish- Tondo shared photos of their bountiful farm ready for harvest. They opened the farm for those who are interested to purchase vegetables as part of their first ever urban vegetable garden Harvest Festival.

Image by St. John Bosco Parish – Tondo via Facebook

They shared, “Ang proyektong ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ ay isinasagawa ng DAR sa pakikipagtulungan sa St. John Bosco Parish, Department of Agriculture (DA), at ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila, kung saan ang 8,000 metro-kwadradong bakanteng football field ng simbahan ay ginawang urban vegetable garden na pinagtaniman ng iba’t ibang gulay na mapakikinabangan ng mga pamilya at residente ng 17 barangay ng Parokya.”

Netizens appreciated the innovative way of transforming the soccer field which has not been used due to the pandemic.