THE plaza in the capital town of Lingaayen has long been been converted temporarily into a vegetable garden where families collaborated to plant pinakbet vegetables that they could harvest and bring home.
During the 11th round of harvest of the veggies, Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil said the veggie garden concept that he introduced was made possible with the help of different sectors of the community and department heads of the local government, when the country was placed under community quarantine.
He and the town employees worked to encourage residents who were then under strict home quarantine since March, to plant eggplant, okra, tomatoes, siling haba, on the open idle space at the plaza.
“We thought of making an integrated gardening hand in hand with the ornamental landscaping to teach people that they can produce their food right in the comfort of their home, even with a limited space,” Bataoil said.
A harvest festival is scheduled when participants are given a pair of scissors, a winnower or bag, where they can place their unlimited harvest of veggies to take home for free.
On September 25, members of the local media, joined by the Provincial Jail personnel, harvested a total of 130 kilos of pinakbet vegetable within 30 minutes.
“This is my version of Integrated Landscape Gardening, combining ornamental and vegetable plants for beautification and food production,” Bataoil said. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)
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