September 2 2017-- a vegetable expo spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and EastWest Seeds was held in Purok 2, Barangay New Barili, Tampilisan. There were displays of a variety of vegetables ready to harvest—eggplants, string beans, okra and then some. The DA and EastWest Seeds credit the success of the vegetable garden to Larry Lumosad, a farmer from the barangay who was named the best farmer scientist in the entire region. He was the one who managed and raised the farm from the time the seeds were planted up until their harvest time.
The event was full of activities such as lectures, and parlor games. One of the activities was the educational tour. The agricultural specialists took us, along with the farmers, on a tour around the vegetable garden. Step by step process of gardening was discussed. They gave us some advice that would help us in implementing the barangay communal garden. We were also given a chance to talk to Sir Larry Lumosad, and he was very much willing to help.
Before the event ended, the organizers gave us some seeds to help us get a headstart for our communal garden. Some of the seeds were chili, tomato, okra, mung beans, string beans, and many more. Overall, the vegetable expo was a day for our beloved farmers. A celebration of their contribution to the community. We also hope that the things we learned that day will help our dream for a successful communal garden be within our reach.