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    Boac Community Garden Contest mini competition winners announced

    The pioneering “Boac Community Food Garden Contest”, launched last 28 April 2020 and spanned more than 55 days, has named three big winners from three separate participating barangays in the Municipality of Boac, in the island province of Marinduque.The contest has inspired garden farms, hardworking farmers, and gardening enthusiasts to try farming their own food amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.ALSO READ: Gardening contest inspires a community to grow food amid the COVID-19 pandemicAsid...  Read More...

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    [ESSAY] “Pamana”: the winning Boac Community Garden Story

    One of the highlights of the Boac Community Garden Contest is the Story Writing Competition. We asked our contestants to write about their gardening experiences, the challenges that they encountered, the successes they earned, as well as the biggest why’s that motivated them every step of the way. Here we present in full the winning essay from Dennis Motol of Barangay Caganhao, entitled “Pamana” (trans. Legacy). RELATED READ: Boac Community Garden Contest mini competi...  Read More...

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    Zero Food Waste Heroes: food movers and rescuers amidst the pandemic

    On the third day after President Duterte declared lockdown in Metro Manila, AGREA Founding Farmer, President and CEO, Cherrie Atilano, received a call for help from a group of Agrarian Reform farmers - they needed to sell 15,000 pineapples. Due to the limitations posed by the quarantine situation, these pineapple farmers cannot move and sell their produce, and worse, all of it will be thrown away. I could not sleep that night knowing that 15,000 pineapples will fill landfills instead of stomachs...  Read More...

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    Gardening contest inspires a community to grow food amid the COVID-19 pandemic

    Launched last 28 April 2020, the gardening contest that spanned more than 55 days has finally come to a close and announced big winners, inspiring garden farms, and hardworking farmers and gardening enthusiasts.COVID-19 and the local community quarantine in Marinduque resulted to a majority of Marinduqueños to spend most of their time inside their homes. The pandemic gave birth to a gardening contest that aimed to challenge locals to go organic and grow their own food in their respective ...  Read More...

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    Cherrie Atilano heads MIMAROPA Regional Farm Tourism Association

    AGREA’s Founding Farmer, President and CEO Cherrie Atilano is the newest president of the MIMAROPA (Region 4-B) Regional Farm Tourism Association."Farm tourism is rising. It is about time," said Cherrie Atilano in a statement."Local, domestic, and international travellers are giving farm tourism a second look because it is a sustainable way to produce food and it re-establishes our connection with nature. Visit MIMAROPA where the heartlands of farm tourism is growing and flo...  Read More...

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    Build more farm schools: DA-ATI exec

    PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—The head of the Department of Agriculture’s training arm in MIMAROPA Region (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) is encouraging farmers to help in the government’s thrust to teach more people to become farmers themselves by setting up learning sites and farm schools. Pat Andrew Barrientos, Center Director of the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) in the region said there is a huge need of farming institutions nationwide even as the government is allocating over P70...  Read More...

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    MIMAROPA farm learning sites boost cooperation

    PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN. Agriculture learning sites in the MIMAROPA Region (Region 4B: Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) have banded together to further boost cooperation and exchange ideas in an effort to strengthen the Philippine government’s partners in promoting agriculture.The regional event also saw the election of a new set of officials who will steer the organization in the interim.The formation of an organization of farm schools and learning sites in the region was among the...  Read More...

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    Mulching helps plants survive extreme heat and more

    One of the best, and cheapest, drought-resistant measures for gardens is applying mulch. Mulched gardens grow healthier, have more fertile soil, have fewer weeds, and have an overall enhanced visual appeal. A mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of soil. When done properly, mulching allows us gardeners to spend less time watering, weeding, and fighting pest problems. READ: Take the Organic Agriculture NCII Course at the AGREA Farm SchoolHere are some of the functions and...  Read More...

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    Pioneers in agri business education in the Philippines

    MAJAYJAY, LAGUNA. Lead trainers from AGREA Farm School and Assessment Center, together with ATI Learning Site cooperators and TESDA Farm School trainers from all over the Philippines, passed the competency assessment for Agroentrepreneurship NC II and Agroentrepreneurship NC III.“This is the powerhouse lead batch of Agroentrepreneurship NCII and NCII passers in the Philippines. They are among the very first certified agri entrepreneurs in the whole country,” says Keneth de Graci...  Read More...

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    DOT accredits 3 Marinduque farms as agri-tourism destinations

    BOAC, MARINDUQUE. The Department of Tourism (DOT) MIMAROPA underscores farm tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the Philippines, and with this announced the accreditation of three local farms as the first DOT-accredited agri-tourism farm sites in Marinduque and MIMAROPA.The first and newest DOT-accredited agri-tourism farm sites are (1) AGREA Farm Estate in Brgy. Cawit, (2) DMDC Farm in Brgy.   Read More...