Best community garden awarded

In consonance with the 2018 nutrition month theme, “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin,” ten community gardens were awarded during the culminating program last, July 27 at the PFVR .

Barangay Poliwes topped the said category, followed by Imelda Marcos, Dizon-Manzanillo and Sto. Nino barangays; as second third and fourth places.

Baguio General Hospital compound, Gibraltar, Lourdes Extension and Lourdes Proper, Scout Barrio, SLU-SVP are among the ten competitors.

Criteria for judging are the presence of go, grow, glow food in the form of root crops, legumes, green leafy vegetables and spices. The appearance of the garden, with the use of recycled materials and composting, vermin-composting, water availability and over-all impact are also noted.

Documentation by the garden carers in cooperation with barangay officials and community, with the contribution of harvest to daycare children are included in the criteria for judging.

This year’s nutrition month focus is on the improvement of nutrition among family members, prevention of anemia and micronutrition deficiency, and increased vegetable consumption through food diversity which could be achieved through urban gardening. As envisioned, urban gardens are supplemental and occupies small spaces, which are common in cities.

Urban gardens may be nurtured in vertical structures, with pots and recycled materials and even rooftops, specially in high-rise buildings.

Stakeholders, primarily city-dwellers are thus mobilized to foster an environment for sustainable food gardens.

July is observed as nutrition month nationwide.-juliegfianza