To always have food, start growing a vegetable garden – Manila Bulletin

There has been strong interest in growing home gardens, especially those that grow food, since the strict pandemic restrictions have kept people at home for long periods.

Numerous research studies have documented this trend and have even considered the stress relief, improved mood, and sense of connection to nature that home gardeners derive from the activity as benefits.
Home gardens that produce food have existed for many years long before the pandemic. But more so today, with this interest being encouraged by many governmental and non-governmental organizations as a solution to rising food prices and food shortages that experts have warned of due to many factors including war Russian-Ukrainian.

A study titled “Home Gardens: A Promising Approach to Improving Household Food Security and Wellbeing” stated: “Recognizing the value and potential of home gardens to improve food security and livelihoods, many initiatives have been initiated by governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. organizations in many developing countries that provide support and build local capacity to improve productivity, as well as scale up home garden activities.

A remarkable program that is a product of this trend is now appearing on social media and online sites as the Food Always In The Home (FAITH) program. It is not new, it was introduced in 1974 by Asian Rural Life Development Foundation (ARLDF) in Davao del Sur who promoted FAITH garden technology to provide enough food for daily household needs. , according to the study, “Surviving the city through vegetable gardens”.

In 1996, former Senator Joey Lina, then Governor of Laguna, started the FAITH program at a demonstration farm at the back of the Provincial Capitol building. Staff from other government units trained there and replicated the initiative. Later, the National Nutrition Council adopted it as a national program and set up almost a replica of the Laguna FAITH demonstration farm in the NNC compound with Laguna staff preparing and developing the farm, said Lina at the Manila Bulletin.

Today, many organizations have successfully adopted the FAITH program. One is an Indang Church of the Nazarene community livelihood project that started in 2021. It distributes “fruit bags” to grow mushrooms in barangays. The initiative has given livelihoods to many people in Bulacan, who also work in the processing of agricultural products.

In 2020, allotment gardens under the FAITH program flourished in Mindanao under the auspices of the Davao Region Ministry of Education, which encouraged division staff to adopt it “because of its positive implications,” “using all available space for gardening and food production.” The seeds were distributed by the Provincial Bureau of Agriculture in partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s High Value Crops Development Program. agriculture, which the department proudly shared on its website.

There are many success stories of allotment gardens and even community gardens. It’s time to start one on any space – on pots, in the backyard or on a vacant lot – any space where food can be grown can contribute to food security and save on the cost food.

As Senator Lina said, “So much can be done with LGUs and the national government working with the people to ensure food security.

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