FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

Now, people who are interested to learn the improved techniques of edible gardening in the urban areas can enroll for free in a unique urban farm school launched by the foundation of the Villar family of Las Piñas.

FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Dr. Frank dela Peña looking at the signage leading to the Urban Farm School.

This is the Urban Farm School put up by the Villar SIPAG Foundation in Brgy. San Nicolas-1 in Bacoor, Cavite which is just across the river where the Villars live. The school is within the leisure farm that Sen. Cynthia Villar has just started to develop.

The place has enough space where enrollees, men and women of all ages, can do actual hands-on experience in planting and taking care of their favorite vegetables and other high value crops. For a start, over 200 residents of Las Piñas and nearby communities in Cavite have enrolled in a season-long training being conducted by the SM Foundation for free.

FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

Ceremonial planting to launch the batch of trainees under the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan program.

The trainees include more than 40 members of low-income families who are beneficiaries of the 4Ps program of the government. The participants who are called “scholars” of the SM Foundation attend 12 weekly sessions in a period of three months. Conducting the training is a trainor of Harbest Agribusiness, the partner of SM Foundation in its “Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan” farmers’ training program.

The participants have started to attend lectures and then they implement in the field what has been taught to them. This includes doing actual seedling production, land preparation, basal fertilization of the plots before the seedlings are planted, applying plastic mulch to prevent weed growth and to conserve moisture during dry weather, caring for the plants during their vegetative and fruiting stages up to harvest time.
At the end of the 12 weekly sessions on December 15, the plants will be ready for harvesting and a harvest festival will be held so the trainees can show off their own produce.

FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

Cristie Angeles of SM Foundation enjoined the participants in the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program to take advantage of the free training that could improve their financial status.

Sen. Villar said during the launching that the Urban Farm School is offered free for groups or agencies who would like to undertake technology transfer in urban farming. Aside from SM Foundation, seed companies like East-West Seed or Allied Botanical may want to put up a demo farm where they can show to the public the improved techniques of urban food production.

FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

Sen. Cynthia Villar has started to develop her own leisure farm and one of her plans is to showcase superior varieties of exotic fruit trees like the Vietnam pummelo grown in a rubberized container. Growing plants in containers is one technique in urban farming.

Aside from the growing of crops, another activity being planned with the help of Dr. Frank dela Peña is a food processing facility to add value to the harvest of the farmers that might not be absorbed by the fresh produce market. Dr. dela Peña who runs an organic farming institute in Panabo City in Mindanao is a food processing expert.

Sen. Villar stressed the importance of food production in the urban areas. It is one way of ensuring food security in the cities, especially Metro Manila. The country is disaster-prone and in times of calamities, the farmers in the provinces might not be able to deliver their usual supply to the big city. Thus, urban food production will save the city residents from high food prices.

FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

Sen. Villar has put up a bambusetum featuring 62 bamboo cultivars from the Philippines and other countries. It could become a major attraction for agritourists someday. She is shown here with Dr. Frank dela Peña, an orgaqnic farming advocate from Panabo City in Mindanao.

By the way, the farm school is just one part of a bigger project that is the leisure farm envisioned by Sen. Villar . This could become a future agri-tourism destination that is accessible to many people not only in the big city but also people from the provinces. The farm has a collection of more than 60 bamboo species, various fruit trees in containers, ponds for impounding water for irrigation as well as for fish culture. She also plans to put up a few dairy animals for milk production. We will keep tab of the progress of this project.

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7 thoughts on “FREE TRAINING: At The New Urban Farm School

  1. Gud pm sir… I would like to inquire free training regarding farming … I am frim san mateo rizal province… Any location near on our place where i could attend free training regarding farming… We have 3 hectare property with fruit crops .. I am also interested in agricultural tourism … Our farm is in rodriguez rizal… Thank you very much wish you cn reply regarding my inquiry..

    1. ANNOUNCEMENT: Re the Villar Urban Farm School and KABALIKAT SA KABUHAYAN URBAN EDIBLE GARDEN articles.

      UPDATES:
      KABALIKAT SA KABUHAYAN URBAN EDIBLE GARDEN, a project of SM FOUNDATION facilitated by Harbest Agribusiness Corporation with
      Villar SIPAG Urban Farm School (as one of the venues.)

      Join the 12 weekly sessions hands-on training on vegetable gardening at Manila City, Las Piñas City and Quezon City. A project of SM Foundation with Harbest Organix, DA. DSWD and partners. Strictly only two absences allowed.

      Pre-register now. 0928-4236030. 0932-8458755. 0917-8507888. Michelle Razo or Julie Anne Sansaet. Tel. 6717411 to 14
      FREE OF CHARGE. Funded by SM Foundation with agritech from Harbest Organix

      Launching dates.
      8.30am registration. 9am to 11am. Launching program.
      Sept. 11. Baseco. Corazon Aquino High School.
      Sept. 15. Villar Sipag at Tiaga Foundation Farm. Las Piñas. (Brgy. San Nicolas-1, Bacoor, Cavite)
      Sept. 18. Quezon Memorial Circle. Quezon City.

      agri-tourism seminar already ongoing – for future schedules – check http://www.costalesnaturefarms.com – this is a paid seminar the KABALIKAT SA KABUHAYAN URBAN EDIBLE GARDEN is free

  2. Mang Zac, I talked to Ms. Sol at the number you gave re inquiry on free 12 weekly sessions hands-on training on vegetable gardening. She has no idea re schedule of training in QC area. May I know details? Thank you for your reply.

    1. Pre-register now. 0928-4236030. 0932-8458755. 0917-8507888. Michelle Razo or Julie Anne Sansaet. Tel. 6717411 to 14
      FREE OF CHARGE. Funded by SM Foundation with agritech from Harbest Organix

      or check their Facebok page Harbest Organix

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