A communal garden has long been a dream of the group for the barangay. This project, we believe, will address malnutrition among families by enabling them to serve and eat healthy meals using homegrown organic vegetables. It will also allow them to cut their expenses by growing their own food.
That way, they can spend their money on other necessities such as healthcare.
The benefits of a communal garden is likely to extend beyond food security and health. Family and social relationships can also be strengthened since the members of the community provide advice and support to help overcome challenges and all receive the benefits the gardening project offers.
During our last exposure, the Garden NB Ni Bulilit was started. It was made possible through the efforts of the mothers of the children in the Daycare Center. The garden is located just within the grounds of the daycare center. The mothers are now able to utilize the vegetables that have grown in the garden. However, the area allotted for the garden was quite small to add a few more crops with nutritive value.
We presented the proposal for an extension of the communal garden to the barangay council, wherein it will be able to provide not just for the daycare, but for the entire community as well. They expressed full support of the project. The barangay captain allotted a piece of land, approximately ¼ hectare, where the vegetable garden can be cultivated. It is located behind the daycare.
The Department of Agriculture shared the same enthusiasm as the barangay council when we presented to them our proposal. They gave the barangay some seeds for free namely okra, bell pepper, carrots, and radish. They also gave assurance that once the stock of new seeds will come in, they will also give these seeds to the barangay. We tapped the help of EastWest seeds, which provided some additional seeds such as mung beans, kangkong, and tomato seeds.
The next step towards starting the communal garden would require the knowledge of an expert at farming. Fortunately, the barangay’s nutrition scholar was also an agriculturist and she suggested that the Rural Improvement Club, which she is a member of, can take charge of cultivating the land and taking care of the garden to ensure its sustainability. So, we met up with the group and they assured us their cooperation and willingness.
A communal garden may seem like a simple project, but it goes a long way towards eliminating malnutrition and allowing avenues for livelihood among families in our beloved community.
Adzu-SOM Level 4