“Gulayan sa Bakuran”: Your own vegetable garden might just be the answer to your food needs

Salad greens grown organically in a garden. (Screenshot of Gulayan sa Bakuran, Trabaho Ko ‘To of INC News and Updates (Courtesy Iglesia Ni Cristo News and Updates)


(Eagle News) – Want to try planting your own vegetables and fruits at this time of quarantine?

This might just be the best time as the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the value of having food available amid crisis in supplies and food transport.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo’s project of “Gulayan sa Bakuran” became of benefit to those who had participated in the project nationwide.

Those who tried planting their own vegetables and fruits – in their own backyard, empty lots, or even in small pots – can now literally eat the fruits of their labor.

It’s not too late to start your own vegetable garden. It may even be start of a successful business venture in the future.

A former draftsman turned agriculturist Dewey Albufera did just that. With no background in agriculture whatsoever, he became successful in backyard farming, and expanded his venture.  He even has his own native chickens which have become a source of fresh chicken meat and eggs.

Albufera now has received numerous awards for this organic farming, and even received the Gawad Saka 2017 Outstanding Organic Agriculture from President Rodrigo Duterte in April 2018. He also gives lectures on organic farming so more could benefit from this.

(File photo) President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with Gawad Saka 2017 Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer Dewey Albufera during the awarding ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

All over the country, the “Gulayan sa Bakuran” project of the INC have helped many people at this time of the enhanced commmunity quarantine. Even senior citizens who heeded the call of the INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, to have their own backyard gardens, are benefiting from their produce.

It has become a productive hobby for many as they lovingly tend to their vegetables and fruit trees which also give them ready nutritious food on their tables at this time of crisis.

Even in the United States, a Filipino couple have tried this in their garden. Now, it’s not only a source of food, but a source of their enjoyment in their leisure time.

After all, what could be better than food on the table that you have picked fresh from your garden or backyard?

(Eagle News Service)