Baguio, venue of food gardening congress

More than four hundred city gardeners attended the food gardening congress, July 28, here in the city.

Sponsored by the National Nutrition Council (NNC-CAR) in coordination with a communications network, and local health and nutrition authorities, the congress featured displays of compost materials and planting implements, organic food and reading materials, along with lectures and actual demonstrations.

Executive Assistant to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Hiyasmin Zambrano delivered the message of appreciation to the attendees; calling for having a will to access nutritious food through urban gardens amidst technology, fast foods and the fast pace of city life.

The mayor also noted that the Cordillera region, being blessed with fertile soil and hardworking people would yield organic harvest, which could be shared with the community.

Deputy NNC Executive Director Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang spoke about the accessibility of fresh garden greens in the city, the economic side of urban gardening, the value of exercise and health through gardening, and provision of needed oxygen for city-dwellers.

NNC information and education chief Jovita Raval noted the health benefits of urban gardening while reaping the harvest of vitamins and micronutrients, a supplementary income, ecological exchanges, and lessened allergies.

Gardening in the community, workplace and school were discussed by Nutrition Action Officer Remedios Canite of Barangay Poliwes here in the city; Regina Pagaspas of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), and Dr. Angeline Calatan of the Department of Education (Dep-Ed), respectively.

Aquaponics practitioner Steven Abanag and Irish Baguilat presented their expertise on hydroponics and bio-intensive gardening and other regenerative agriculture technologies during the afternoon session.

Small animal raising and urban container gardening were also discussed by Department of Agriculture personnel; Leisley Deligen and Danilo Agliam, respectively.

The one-day affair which conforms with the nutrition month theme, “Ugaliing Magtanin, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin,” ends the lined-up activities which includes those in Cebu, Davao and Metro Manila. - juliegfianza