During the quarantine, many have turned to gardening at home to keep themselves productive. It is because of this hype that the Department of Agriculture (DA) started a campaign to promote urban gardening amid the pandemic.
Called “Glamourizing Farming through Urban Agriculture,” the campaign hopes to entice the youth and Metro Manila residents to start their own urban garden — and the good news is that it seems to be working! (Read: Amid Issues on Rice Trade, How Do We Support Filipino Farmers?)
Over the past months, more and more people have started to grow their own gardens at home. As a matter of fact, a dumpsite in Novaliches, Quezon City was recently turned into an urban garden by neighbors who decided to clean the empty lot near their homes.
“Naisip din namin, ayos na meron kaming sariling pagkain dito sa tabi ng bahay namin o dito sa community na madaling makuha, madaling mapitas, para makaiwas sa pagpunta sa palengke,” one of the neighbors said, referring to avoiding crowded places because of COVID-19.
Urban Gardening in the Metro
Manila Zoo has also transformed a part of their lot into an organic urban garden so they could provide food for their animals. It comes as the difficulty in transportation due to the quarantine has made it challenging to deliver supplies for the animals in the zoo, thus the urban garden was born.
To better promote urban gardening among the youth and popular media, broadcasting networks such as GMA News TV have also started their own programs that support initiatives by the agriculture department. (Read: 5 Suppliers Who Source Fruits and Vegetables From Local Farmers)
Just recently, the network teased that they will launch a cooking show that teaches Filipinos everything they need to know about obtaining ingredients straight from local farms and using them to cook delicious meals — a practice that is called farm-to-table cooking!
‘Farm to Table’ Cooking Show
Titled “Farm to Table,” the show will be hosted by Chef JR Royol who will teach viewers how to maximize and utilize local produce for their meals. (Read: New ‘Table-To-Farm’ Project Helps Aetas in Zambales Grow Their Own Food)
“Nakita na natin sa mga sitwasyon natin ngayon ang importansya ng pagkakaroon ng access sa masustansya, fresh. ‘Yung mga ganung factors lang is sobrang critical sa kalusugan natin,” he said.
The showrunners hope that through the show, the audience will not only learn new recipes and ways to use their fresh produce, but also be encouraged to grow their own at home. It will be airing soon on GMA News TV, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, you may watch the teaser for the cooking show below.