OFW SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE AS RED OKRA GROWER
OKRA (Abelmoschus esculentus) or “lady’s finger” is a tall-growing vegetable that thrives in areas with tropical climates, like the Philippines. It contains high nutritional value that is good for the body. In Filipino households, it can be served in several ways: steamed, sautéed, fried, and sometimes eaten raw. The green okra is frequently used and seen in the country, but the vegetable actually comes in two colors: green and red. Have you ever tried or encountered red okra? If not, let’s learn a bit about from a grower himself:
OFW GROWS SURVIVAL CROPS THROUGH CONTAINER AND HYDROPONIC GARDENING
WHETHER FAST OR SLOW-GROWING CROPS, producing your food can help you gain security and satisfaction in the same way that it can save our families from hunger during this COVID-19 crisis.
MILLENNIAL HOUSEWIFE GROWS VEGETABLES AND SAVES MORE THAN A THOUSAND IN MONTHLY GROCERY COSTS
BEING STUCK AT HOME because of the quarantine can be both a challenge and a blessing for many, especially in a world where we don’t feel safe anymore. Housewife Kylie Benjamin, 27, is one of those people who took advantage of their time at home during the quarantine period to start gardening. She’d been planning to start her garden for a long time but work and time constraints hindered her from establishing one in the past.
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR ESCAPES “EMOTIONAL RUT” THROUGH GARDENING
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has affected more than just the health of people everywhere. It has also put economies on hold and threatened the livelihood of many in order to minimize the risk of infection.
THIS GARDEN'S PRODUCE BECAME THE FAMILY'S ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME DURING QUARANTINE
IN SAMAR, an unused lot was transformed into a garden that helped a family earn income while providing for the town’s high demand for vegetables during the quarantine period, which was imposed to combat COVID-19.
TWO MILLENNIALS GROW EXTRAORDINARY VEGGIES IN THEIR GARDENS
NOWADAYS, it is rare to see the younger generation take part in agriculture, but two millennials are passionate about growing vegetables, particularly the unique ones.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER LOSES SUMMER SIDE JOBS, NOW EARNS EXTRA INCOME FROM THE CROPS HE GROWS
AS COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (CQ) continues to take effect to combat COVID-19, many people are still adjusting to the changes in their new daily routine. For this teacher of Lucena City National High School named Marcelo Alivia residing in Quezon province, losing his side jobs as a part-time coach, swimming instructor, and basketball referee is something he had to face.
BOHOL'S CHOCOLATE PRINCESS REVIVES HEIRLOOM CACAO PLANTED IN BACKYARDS
THE PROVINCE OF BOHOL, located in the Central Visayas Region, is known for its natural wonder, which is also a favorite tourist destination: the Chocolate Hills. It got its name from the color of the hills during the summer, when the lush, green grass on them turns brown.
BANK EMPLOYEE TURNED AN EMPTY WALL INTO A PRODUCTIVE VERTICAL VEGETABLE GARDEN
GROWING UP IN A FAMILY OF FARMERS, Roland Recamara, a bank employee and a gardener, used his knowledge in planting and started growing plants at home. Last March, Recamara was assigned to work from home to abide by the guidelines under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed to combat COVID-19.
AFRICAN SWINE FEVER: A PRIMER
AFRICAN SWINE FEVER (ASF), also called African Swine Flu, is a highly contagious viral disease that affects wild and domesticated pigs. It cannot be passed on to humans, but is nonetheless an illness that should be contained and eradicated because of its leathal effect on hogs.
RAISED BED GARDENING -MAXIMIZING SPACE: A GOVERNMENT OFFICER TURNED HIS ROOFTOP INTO A MINI-FARM
AN EMPTY ROOFTOP is something that gardeners see as an opportunity to turn into a productive green space.
SWEET BUSINESS IDEA FROM BONSAIS TO BEES: HOW AN E NTREPRENEUR CREATED HIS OWN LINE OF HONEY PRODUCTS
LARRY KAW LEEONG, owner of Orange Country Enterprise in Naga City, Bicol, started out as a bonsai enthusiast but because of this interest, he managed to create his own line of honey sauce which he sells to several major companies and chain stores in Metro Manila.
YOUNG GARDENER -ARCHITECTURE STUDENT RISES FROM CHALLENGES AND GROWS A FLOURISHING GARDEN
CHRISTIAN BALDEVINO TAMANG is a first year architecture student who has a hobby of growing budget-friendly plants and using his knowledge in design to arrange them in a visually-appealing manner.
SURVIVAL GARDEN 101 - HOW TO START A SURVIVAL GARDEN AND GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
THE WORLD AS YOU KNOW IT has drastically changed. Whether you call it an apocalypse or a minor inconvenience, for your safety you must stay at home and minimize any contact with the outside world. Whatever the cause may be, by now it should be clear that there are certain essentials we should prepare in case of sudden disasters in our lives.
UPCYCLING BUSINESS -PLANTERS MADE OF PANDAN LEAVES PROVIDE INCOME FOR LAGUNA FARMERS
PANDAN LEAVES (Pandanus amarylifolius) are large, elongated, narrow, and oblong in shape. They come from the pandan tree, known as screwpine in English, which are palm-like in appearance and native to tropical as well as sub-tropical regions.
SUCCESS IN CACAO- COMING UP ROSIT: FORMER MAILMAN FINDS SUCCESS IN CACAO FARMING
CACAO is one of the country’s high value crops that is still full of potential in terms of both domestic consumption and export. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as of 2018, the Philippines had an annual production of 7,983 MT—barely enough to sustain local consumption, much less international demand. This means that given the proper farming techniques and correct sales and marketing channels, a farmer can generate considerable profit from cultivating cacao.
FORMER CPA NOW RUNS A SUCCESSFUL GARDEN BUSINESS
THE CHINESE SAGE, Confucius, is well known for his worldly concerns. He once advised people to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” These words are one of the reasons why Tetchie Palaganas succeeded in both business and life.
PIVOTING DURING CRISIS - SERENDIPITY GAVE BENGUET FARMERS A CHANCE TO SELL THEIR STRAWBERRIES IN THE METRO
IN THE DICTIONARY, serendipity is defined as a development of events by chance that result in a happy or beneficial outcome.
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE - NGO-ESTABLISHED FARM SITE TEACHES INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES
GREENMINDS INC., or GreenMinds Agricultural Consultancies, is a people-oriented and self-sustaining non-government organization that’s committed to the preservation as well as the protection of the environment. It also aims to promote innovative and appropriate ecological farming technologies.
COMMUNITY GARDEN - PARISH PRIEST CONSTRUCTS A GARDEN TO TEACH SUSTAINABILITY TO HIS COMMUNITY
IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS 1:29, it is said that every plant that yields seed and every tree that yields fruit will be a source for food for the people on earth.
SUCCESSFUL LAWYER IS ALSO A PROLIFIC URBAN GARDENER AND BLOGGER
URBAN GARDENING is a challenging hobby. It requires patience, perseverance, and passion. The availability of space, unpredictable weather patterns, and even environmental pollution in the city are just some of its paramount considerations. Despite these challenges, urban gardening is feasible.
STRAWBERRIES GROW IN A CAVITE RESIDENCE
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT STRAWBERRIES, the first thing that comes to mind is the cold temperatures that are usually present in elevated areas such as Baguio and the Mountain Province, which are famous for this crop. This is because strawberries grow ideally in locations that have a temperature of 15 to 26 degrees Celsius.
NATURAL FARMING MADE A BUSINESSMAN'S AGRICULTURAL DREAM COME TRUE
GOING INTO FARMING sometimes requires a leap of faith since there are various circumstances that could delay a farm’s success.
FARMER SHIFTS FROM SPECIALTY PRODUCE TO TABLE VEGETABLES
CARLOMAGNO AGUILAR, who manages Organic Growth, a farm that specializes in specialty produce, told us that he has shifted to growing table vegetables like squash, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, pechay, kangkong, and alugbati since, for him, these are what the people will need in case of community quarantine continues.
FILAM MILLENNIAL LEFT CORPORATE JOB TO START AN URBAN FARM
THE PHILIPPINES may be an agricultural country, but farming isn’t the industry one expects Filipinos who’ve grown up overseas to get into. Roderick Camarce, 36, is a Filipino American who is changing that notion.
A SEAFARER GROWS FOOD USING RAISED BED AND CONTAINER GARDENING
IN THE MIDST of the global crisis that we are experiencing today due to COVID19, many people are starting to realize the importance of growing food for security and convenience. Gardening can be a great starting point if you want to grow your own nutritious vegetables at home.
MASBATE POULTRY FARMER IS ALSO AN INTERNET INFLUENCER
WHEN ALBERT DWIGHT TAMAYO, 31, started poultry layer farming, he didn’t expect that part of his success would come from the internet. Now, Dwight Tamayo’s YouTube channel is one of the most popular channels in the local agriculture industry. It has over 37,000 subscribers and its videos get as high as 137,000 views.
AWARD-WINNING VISUAL ARTIST IS ALSO AN URBAN GARDENER
MORE AND MORE PEOPLE are falling in love with growing their own produce. This includes city dwellers whose day jobs have nothing to do with agriculture.
A NEGROS-BASED AGRIPRENEUR USES HERBS TO CREATE NEW FLAVORS FOR A FAVORITE LOCAL DELICACY
JESSELLE HYACINTH SUAREZ-HABLO from Negros Occidental, a chef by profession and an agripreneur by choice, believes that a healthy lifestyle is not limited to eating the right amount and kind of food.
A FLOURISHING ROOFTOP GARDEN IN QUEZON CITY
SPACE is often a concern in urban gardening. Those who have limited space to work with follow various gardening trends like container gardening to fit their plants wherever they can. Meanwhile, those who have more space on their hands maximize the area and grow whatever they can.