Organic farming and products at Culianan by the youth PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Pep Talk is happy to share this organic vegetable activity at Barangay Culianan, Zamboanga City. If they can do it and it can be replicated in other barangays, Zamboanga City one day can be the healthy organic capital of our country, you would surely agree with me. Thanks to the noble effort of the Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDEV). This I learned from ZABIDA (Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance) Karel B. Mellanes.

Last September 19, the youth learners of the MYDEV learners of Culianan City who are taking up a horticulture course held their vegetable garden field day with their mentors and special guests as witnesses. They displayed their organic vegetable produce and end products. It was hosted by the hosted by the Dominican Sisters’ Farm located in the same community.

According to MYDev Program Coordinator Jobel Henesy Foliente, the activity served as the venue to introduce the trainees to MYDEV partner stakeholders. Through the assembly, the partnerships between the learners collaborating organizations and agencies are also strengthened, to include the City Agriculture Office, Barangay LGUs, and the Dominican Sisters. On the other hand, the partners saw for themselves how the learners are progressing in their endeavors, particularly in appreciating the value of agriculture.

The barangay council of Culianan in its support for the training project urged them “to take advantage of the opportunity that was given to them. “Hopefully, este ehemplo ay keda man as encouragement na di atun mga Out of School Youths,” they said.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat vowed his office’s assistance to continue in teaching and updating the MYDev learners of the organic technology or natural farming. He pointed it as a good example to teach responsibilities to the youths and the importance of money.

Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, president of the lead implementor of ZABIDA, in his inspiring message said that this activity is a clear example of a dream. The partnership between the stakeholders is the important element in helping achieve the dreams of the youths.

The grateful MYDev learners shared their inspiring stories about the program. They showcased their fruits and vegetable harvests grown using organic farming technology with the help of their trainers Antonio Magsino and Merida P. Garcia of the CAO. The youths were also guided by the nuns of the Dominican Sisters, wherein MYDev-Zabida partnered with them to utilize their farm as venue for the learners’ 110-days course that started last July this year.

Genesis 1:29. And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food."

By: Dante Corteza