Former Police Officer Is Now A Square Foot Garden Advocate
Agriculture|July 2019

A LOT OF PEOPLE discover agriculture after retirement. They find that tending to plants keeps them active, and turning what usually starts as a hobby into a business keeps their minds sharp as well.

Joseph Tesorero

One such person is Honorio Cervantes, 69, an ex-military and police officer who discovered his passion for square foot gardening after he retired. Though he didn’t become a farmer until he turned 64, he says that the seed for his interest in agriculture was planted a long time ago, when he was still in service. When he was a Captain assigned to Camp Crame, he came across Zac Sarian’s AgriKapihan series in Quezon City Circle. “He was talking about vegetable farming. At that time, I didn’t have any intention (of becoming a farmer) so I forgot about it and focused on my profession in service of the law,” Cervantes recounts in Tagalog. It wasn’t until after retirement that he remembered Sarian’s advocacy and decided to try it out for himself.

RESEARCH BEFORE BUSINESS

The first thing Cervantes did was research: he found out all he could about vegetable gardening online and through Agriculture Magazine. “I came across the idea of square foot gardening and thought, ‘This looks simple. I think I can do this.’ That’s how I started.”

Square foot gardening is a simple, orderly gardening system whose principle of dividing a 4x4 growing area into a grid of 1x1 sections and practicing proper management and crop rotation can result in continuous harvests.

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