Dagupan's model school garden hailed

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

DAGUPAN CITY –The elementary school in Barangay Bonuan Boquig is Dagupan City’s official entry in the coming Regional Search for Agri Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan.

This was learned when Mayor Belen Fernandez, along with Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito and some education supervisors, visited the school during the initial evaluation of Gulayan sa Paaralan Project in Dagupan last Feb. 12.

Fernandez was fascinated to see in one garden all vegetables identified in the native ballad ‘Bahay Kubo’, which include lettuce, cherry tomatoes, chili, pechay, ampalaya, button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, among others.

In addition, the school has a livestock area where native chicken, white leg horn broiler chicken, native pigs, ducks, and geese are being raised.

The school also adopts aquaponics and hydroponics gardening, aside from backyard gardening.

Aquaponics is the technique of raising together fish and plants in water without soil in one integrated system. On the other hand, hydroponics gardening is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water also without soil.

Manuel Ferrer, school principal, said the success of the school’s vegetable gardening project is the product of volunteerism and cooperation among the school, barangay council, members of 4Ps (Pantazwid Pampamilya Pilipino Program) and the Parents-Teachers Association.(PNA)

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