Greetings Dear Friends,
Today, as in previous days, we continue to grow vegetablesin seedling trays and distribute it to typhoon survivors. Most of the survivors are happy about the project and they are saying that gardening is fun and recyclable resources around the house can be used to start one. Filipinos according to the Food and Nutrition Research Council also suffers from what is called “hidden hunger” or the lack of micro-nutrients in the diet and eating vegetables can help solve this.
We are also engaging the youths and harness the the spirit of volunteerism by making it a point to recruit and train volunteer youth promoters who go from communities to communities to recruit other youths to start gardening activities. In terms of creativity and innovation, we promote what is called hydrophonics or soil-less gardening, which means that the roots of the plants get the fertilizer directly from the water-based fertilizer solution. Another innovation we already mentioned is the use of recycled materials such as sacks and containers as garden materials and collecting organic matter in the house as fertilizer.
In terms of sustainability and effective use of resources, we focus on the use of open-pollinated seed varieties which can be matured and re-use again for the next planting season. In this way, the youth is not dependent on seed companies but is able to sustain their initiative. We encouraged them also to start small-scale vegetable processing activities and sell their organic vegetable menus and products to neighbourhood markets.
This week, we are able to provide much needed vegetable seedlings to 630 beneficiaries residing in Talisayan and Tanauan Municipalities in Leyte.
Thank you for your kind support and hoping that you will continue supporting us.
Very sincerely yours,