Grow your own food: QC to distribute seeds, planting kits

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The local government of Quezon City has purchased 6,000 agriculture starter kits in a bid to encourage residents to grow their own food.

The kits purchased from the Department of Agriculture contains various kinds of seeds (talong, okra, kamatis, pechay, mustasa, ampalaya, kangkong), 2 kilos of organic fertilizer, 3 potting bags, and a guide on proper planting.

The initiative is part of #GrowLokal, which is implemented by the QC’s Joy of Urban Farming program, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) in coordination with the QC Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO).

More than 400 residents filled the initial slot for the starter kits after SBCDPO started the online registration.

As part of the partnership with the Quezon City government, DA will also spearhead capacity-building activities, and continuously provide assistance to communities in the maintenance and sustenance of sites for community farming.