A new urban farm which offers a view of an array of farming setups was opened to public in Taguig City as part of the city’s celebration of its Charter Day.
The Taguig government, in a statement, said the Taguig Integrated Urban Farm sits in a 2,500-hectare land beside Lakeshore Hall in Barangay Lower Bicutan, overlooking the Laguna Lake.
The Taguig City branded itself as Metro Manila’s “Probinsyudad,” or a combination of a city and a province aimed at protecting and nurturing the environment in an urban setting.
City Agriculture Office officer-in-charge Emelita Solis said the urban farm integrated various kinds of urban farming setups like gardens showcasing vertical farming to wooden rack and pole gardens.
She said the creation of the integrated farm served as one way to engage residents in urban farming practices for food production.
“There is also a pond with tilapia and catfish, a greenhouse where lettuce and salad greens are grown, as well as, a bamboo classroom which will be dedicated for Taguig students visiting the area to learn more about urban agriculture,” she added.
The city’s agriculture office chief assured their urban gardening program favours organic farming where pesticides, fertilisers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops.
This is not the first time the “Probinsyudad” launched a farm in the city.
In October 2014 and August 2017, Taguig also launched urban farms in Tipas Elementary School and Eusebio C. Santos Elementary School, to encourage schoolchildren to plant and teach them the benefits of such practice.