Relaxation and Wellness
Baguio Distributes Veggie Seeds for COVID-19 Survival Gardens!
Choose Philippines | Mar 26, 2020
Story by Michelle Soriano
Photos courtesy of Baguio City Veterinary Office
While most households are stocking up on groceries and relief goods to survive the enhanced community quarantine, the Baguio City government is providing families with a different kind of ammunition: vegetable seeds.
The Baguio City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) is recommending the establishment of “survival gardens” to provide food for the table of families who lost their source of income due to the Luzon-wide lockdown. “Hindi rin natin alam kung kailan magtatagal ‘tong krisis na ito. So ang isang program natin para maibsan ang mga problema natin ay magtatanim tayo kahit kaunti para sa ating home consumption, (We don't know how long this crisis will last. One of our programs to mitigate this problem is for everyone to plant gardens for personal consumption of vegetables)” said Dr. Brigit Piok, City Veterinarian.
Piok said these vegetables grow fast and the produce can already be harvested after two months. Seeds available for distribution include pole beans, bunching onion, garden pea, green shingkang, eggplant, and okra. These can be planted in flower pots and recycled containers such as cans and water bottles. The plant can live just by watering and providing organic fertilizer.
The World Health Organization advises the public to maintain a health lifestyle while on quarantine. This includes observance of proper diet to fight COVID-19.
Baguio residents may approach their barangay officials or proceed directly to the CVAO on Mondays to Fridays (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) to avail of free seeds. They only need to show proof that they have containers or plots ready for planting. The villages’ agricultural and livelihood committee members have also been instructed to teach households in growing vegetables.