Why edible landscape?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


LAST week, I wrote about honey bee-keeping. You may wonder why. I emphasized the value of honey bee-keeping as part of every home garden, especially if like me you are also into on edible landscape. Why edible landscape?

Few people may not have realized the need to go upstream in the field of organic farming, even in your own little way. But we must realize that more and more agricultural areas have recently been turned into residential areas.

So where do we plant then for our food? That was when I coined the word “edible landscape” three years ago. That must have been during the time when urban agriculture was advocated and promoted by the Department of Agriculture.

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Container gardening became popular as the area for planting vegetables became smaller each time an agricultural land is converted into a residential area despite the moratorium for conversion.

Some of you my dear readers may have observed how Mr. Victor Llasos of the OPA (Office of the Provincial Agriculturist) turned the back of the Provincial Capitol into a model of edible landscape with the incorporation of container garden to show case urban agriculture in reality.

Many people had positive feedback about that but many were dismayed also when the area was ultimately abandoned for another purpose.

Just what happened to our edible landscape at Mambukal Resort if you remember passing there before? Tourists and government officials had their taste of the organic vegetables from the area which was once a talahiban (grassy area) and was turned into a beautiful edible landscape. But to everyone’s dismay, especially the “suki” (frequent buyers) of that garden, it had been turned into another cottage again.

In my travels I noticed how organic agriculture became the center of edible landscape.

When I went to Dao, Capiz with MS Mon for his speaking engagement, I appreciated so much the edible landscape at the back of the restaurant along the highway, up in the highland where we stopped for lunch.

What the restaurant served was the product straight from the farm—vegetables, fruits and even fish from the pond right there in the midst of the garden.

What surprised me most was that the owner had learned the value of edible landscape when he visited the farm of Mr. Ramon Peñalosa Jr. in Victorias City and really applied his learning to his economic advantage.

Try visiting Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City to see its own brand of edible landscape. The management produces vegetables as well raise organic pigs and chickens for the restaurant. I tell you, you must try its own brand of shake or juice straight from the herbal garden.

Of course, the most visited urban agriculture showcasing the integrated/organic micro farm is that of MS Mon in Victorias City.

Visitors from all walks of life come and learn from his experience and expertise. I am glad to be a part of his advocacy for sustainable agriculture, being a part of the OPA- FITS Center and the Magsasaka Siyentista.

Each time you visit his farm you will see and learn new innovations. Yes, because agriculture is a continuing process and is the mother of all sciences and maintainer of human life.

Even if you are living in a small area, there is still hope for you to go for edible landscape. Go for it!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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