Last April 12, farmers from Avviare Greens concluded their 8-week training program on Organic Farming with a graduation ceremony in the Pedro Dimapilis Farm in Tagaytay City. Twenty seven farmers and representatives from Avviare Greens, Bayan ni Juan, Don Bosco Calauan, and AFI took part in the lectures and hands-on activities on organic farming methods in Calauan, Laguna.
Farmers from Avviare Greens, the farmer-beneficiaries of Makati Development Corporation and Ayala Foundation, undertook an 8-week free training program on Organic Farming in Southville 7, Calauan, Laguna.
The training program started with an orientation last February 12 in the Pedro Dimapilis Farm in Tagaytay. The farmers met three times a week in the MDC Farm in Calauan, Laguna, and the 8-week program ended with a Graduation on April 12, in Pedro Dimapilis Farm.
Facilitating the training was the TESDA-accredited Pedro Dimapilis School of Organic Farming. There were 27 trainees taking the program, 23 of which are Farmers from Avviare Greens. There were also representatives from ABS-CBN’s Bayan ni Juan, Don Bosco Calauan, and AFI. The farmers received the Organic Agriculture Production National Certificate II (NCII) at the end of the training.
The farmers taking a tour around the Pedro Dimapilis School in Tagaytay.
The farmers at the vegetable plot in Calauan, Laguna.
The 8-week training included lectures and hands-on activities on organic farming methods such as composting, vermicomposting, pest control, medicinal uses of herbs, and livestock production. They also went on a farm tour and prepared vegetable plots inside the property.
On their third week, farmers create their own fertilizers.
The Avviare Greens Farmers’ training on organic farming was intended to equip farmers with knowledge on the organic production and maintenance of crops and livestock. This knowledge will help the farmers use sustainable methods with their ornamental crops production for continuous and quality crops supplied to MDC Greens. Most importantly, the knowledge they will gain on the techniques in organic farming will help them produce their own food — fresh, nutrient-dense, without the harmful chemicals.
Contributed by: Joey Santos & Turo Tolentino