Introducing Urban Farming in the Philippines

Making farming work in the big city

‘In gardening, you realize that everything in life is connected to the soil. You get a deeper understanding of life. You get your hands dirty to create something beautiful and useful.’ Norbe said. – Rappler.com

Urban Farming is a great and inexpensive way to improve nutrition and reduce poverty in our country.   It does not have to be in hectares of land to produce corps and vegetables.  This could be done even in a limited spaces, we just have to be creative.

Where we could use recycled plastic bottles and have a vertical garden;

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Another inexpensive way is Hydroponics or Aquaponics system,  These systems will not require soil and use  of water may reduce up to 95%.  It is self sustaining and require little effort once it is set up.

The difference between the two is that,  Aquaponics have aquatic life ( fish ) in the system.  Compared to Hydroponics system fertilizers and nutrients are added to the water in order for the plants to grow faster.

How Aquaponics works is that Plants and Fish works hand in hand together eco-friendly as nature does.  Plants takes waste from the fish as nutrients and the roots will then filter the water to give back clean water to the fish. In this way, we save water and grow our plants organic, all we have to do is feed the fish.

We may use this system, simple and compact system that we do even with a small space at home,  Urban living.  Our Government have made program for Urban Agriculture however underdeveloped said Nitural.

‘I firmly believe that the state of urban agriculture in the Philippines is still underdeveloped. Hence, there is still a big room for research, extension and training activities to be done for the enhancement and proper implementation of urban agriculture in the Philippines.’  by PEDRITO S. NITURAL

We could make serious efforts by doing little steps in our community and may dream ambitiously as Singapore does there first vertical farm in City.