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ROXAS CITY—The Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center (CASAC) has transformed a portion of land within the Archbishop’s residence compound in Barangay Lawaan here into an organic demo garden as part of its campaign to promote organic and integrated farming in the various communities province wide.


The 2,500-square meter area was initially laden with mud press, rice hull and vermicast.


“The once rocky land area is now teeming with organically-grown lettuce, squash, tomatoes, cucumber, ampalaya, sweet and hot pepper, upland kangkong, pechay, and watermelon,” said part of CASAC’s article posted on its social media account.


CASAC director Fr. Mark Q. Granflor said that the demo garden is intended for replication in different communities within the archdiocese.


“Or better yet, some families can adopt organic farming in their backyards,” he said, adding that “looking at a bigger, and long-term scale, these gardens can provide food for their tables, as well as livelihood for that family or community.”


CASAC has been advocating for organic farming even before supertyphoon Yolanda devastated the province last year.


The church-based initiative was further intensified in the aftermath of the supertyphoon as an opportunity to help Yolanda victims become selfsufficient and ready in times of calamities.


The Center has also partnered with the Office of Municipal Agriculturist in Mambusao town and experts from Capiz State University (CapSU) in the conduct of trainings and seminars on sustainable agriculture and livestock production.


“It is high time that we go organic farming as its produce taste better than its conventionally farm-raised counterpart. Not only are they better-tasting, their levels of anti-oxidants are higher,” Granflor said.


Research shows that organically-grown produce have lower nitrate contents than non-organic ones.


“Most importantly, we promote organic farming to preserve the culture of agriculture,” the CASAC director stressed.


The demo garden’s fresh and organic produce are also sold at the CASAC Office at the Archbishop’s Residence. (JCMAAL/PIA6 Capiz)

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