Farming In Times Of Pandemic
Agriculture|March - April 2021
One of the most pleasant surprises of the pandemic is the sudden trend of urban gardening and backyard farming. The scarcity of some basic supplies, coupled with the “stay at home” policy has encouraged people to get interested in growing their own food.
Aubregyn V. Ancheta

People started purchasing seeds and containers and started to clean spaces and idle lands to put up their garden or mini farm. Some have grown eggplant, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, papaya, cucumbers, and flowers. Because of this, people have kept themselves busy by caring for plants and finding new love for ornamentals. People realized that growing plants as food has lessened some of their expenses. It has been more fulfilling to put freshly picked vegetables and fruits on the table to feed the family. Aside from being sure that these are nutritious and safe, the practice of bayanihan was once again brought to life as people started sharing some of their harvests with their neighbors to help them with their expenses.

During this time of COVID-19, because some people had plants in their own backyard or mini farms, aside from no longer needing to go to the market, they were also able to acquire new business skills by selling their produce and plants to their neighborhood and via online. Aside from the joy it brings, it also gives them extra income, which is always welcome in the time of COVID-19. People made full use of the opportunity to make the most of their green thumbs!

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