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The DA encourages edible landscaping.

At the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) central office along Elliptical Road in Quezon City, a new landscape with edible crops that forms the DA emblem was presented Monday.

The “Hardin ng Kalusugan at Pagkain” (Garden of Health and Food) project was a collaboration between the Institute of Crop Science and the Edible Landscaping movement at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) College of Agriculture and Food Science.

“Our marker’s design represents [what] crop production [actually is], and it promotes urban agriculture.” During the opening, UPLB-EL project head Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. explained that “everything that we have put in there is tools in plant production.”

The ribbon-cutting event and ceremonial turnover of the shovel were led by Secretary William Dar and other DA officials to symbolize food cultivation and production through EL.

The garden promotes EL in urban neighborhoods as an extra source of available, fresh, and nutritious food, thanks to funding from the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research’s Plant, Plant, Plant program.

It backs the DA’s attempts to build flood-resilient communities in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic and encourages urban farming through the use of accessible technology including organic farming, vertical farming, hydroponics, and horticulture.

“Our aim to supply more food in disadvantaged urban areas sparked this concept.” It is critical that we begin at the DA. In his message of acceptance of the EL garden, Undersecretary Zamzamin Ampatuan noted, “This area is planted with organic vegetables and incorporates horticulture.”

EL is a farming method in which basic landscaping principles and artistry are attractively merged with crop production to deliver a consistent supply of vegetables to households.

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