The DAR-Bicol office creates its own vegetable garden in Buhay sa Gulay
LEGAZPI CITY, May 25 – The Agrarian Reform Department (DAR) of the Bicol region is taking a proactive initiative by creating a vegetable garden in its offices, by adopting the “ Buhay sa Gulay ”, an urban market gardening program initiated by the secretary of the DAR Brother John Castriciones, which is currently being implemented in cities across the country.
“The art and science of growing your own food has been gradually lost among government officials and agencies. At DAR, we can carry the social influence necessary to promote it once again, especially during this pandemic,” he said. said the regional director of DAR Bicol, Rodrigo Realubit.
He said the project aims to regularly produce around 3,000 kilograms of various leafy greens, which will be sold to DAR regional office workers, walk-in customers and passers-by. Its accumulated income will serve as a source of funds to meet some of the financial needs of the employees.
The regional office, according to Realubit, will provide growing space around the agency’s premises in Bgy. Gogon and the CARP Development Center (CDC) complex in Bgy. Rawis. Gardening tools, plant and equipment will be provided to start the garden.
“We will convert every unused corner of our premises into productive green areas. In doing so, we hope to influence other people and the community around us to plant vegetables,” he said.
On May 21, twenty (20) employees of the regional office followed a one-day practical and theoretical training on good organic market gardening practices. Farmer Francisco Obina from the Albay Provincial Bureau of Agriculture (APAO) at the DAR regional office in Legazpi City facilitated the training.
“We are taking advantage of the summer season this year by providing basic gardening training to our employees so they can start planting and harvesting their premium at work or even at home,” Realubit said.
DAR’s regional head for support services, Lerma Dino, said the training is not the end goal of the project and that she hopes it will be sustained and continued even beyond this year.
According to Dino, the plan is to adopt container or vertical gardening technologies using plastic bottles or scrap materials within the regional office compound due to limited space. Vegetable plots will be prepared within the CDC compound by incorporating raised bed designs into the vegetable growing and sacrificing part of the lawn.
“Gardening and maintenance duties will be carried out entirely by employees on their own schedules. They must work on their own plots or areas – planting, weeding, watering and harvesting – at least once a week during the growing season, and they should also devote at least 1 or 2 hours per week to maintaining and keeping the flower beds free of weeds, as well as taking care of garden tools and facilities. “
Dino said the office has reserved 57,000 Php for the preparation, start-up and implementation phases, including the acquisition of on-site gardening facilities and tools, nursery, carbonizer, crates of vegetables, seed storage to fertilizer storage, water containers. , bags and terracotta pots.
“We will use waste and recyclable materials always in the office whenever possible to save on expenses,” she added.
“There is a lot of money that can be taken out of this project that we will need to put in place. All we need to do is make it as productive as possible,” Dino said.
Previously, the DAR of Camarines Sur launched its urban market gardening projects which are starting to bear fruit. The gardens occupy a part of 2000 square meters of a football field inside the minor seminary of the Holy Rosary of the city of Naga and a waste ground of 2000 square meters near the Barangay hall of Bgy. Dalipay in the city of Milaor. (DAR)