BUSINESSMAN BUILT AN URBAN FARM BY UPCYCLING OVER 1000 PLASTIC BOTTLES
Agriculture|November - December 2020
CREATIVE UPCYCLING
VINA MEDENILLA

MICHAEL TRIVIÑO, a businessman and urban farmer, decided to turn his vacant lot into a backyard farm and named it Myrtle Sharrin’s Garden after his daughter.

A QUARANTINE PROJECT

Despite having no work during the community quarantine, Triviño was kept occupied, not because of his trucking business, but because he was cultivating crops. He discovered his interest in urban farming upon watching gardening-related vlogs and joining groups online.

He went to the supermarket, bought seeds, sowed the seeds in plastic bottles, and placed them in his then idle backyard. Instead of buying pots, he opted to upcycle old bottles, tires, and crates. “Since I owned the lot, I’m the one who designed and decided what and where to plant the seeds. For me, it’s my little project,” said the urban farmer. To maximize the space further, Triviño attached his bottle planters to the property wall. He also created racks out of bamboo where he laid other bottles.

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