DAVAO City, Dec. 7, 2015—To give people a concrete example on how to feed the family without harming the environment, a parish in the Archdiocese of Davao has put up an urban container organic garden named after Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.
Auxiliary Bishop of Davao George B. Rimando officiated the inauguration and blessing of the Ascension of the Lord Parish’ Laudato Si Garden, located at the back of the parish in GSIS Heights, Matina, Davao City, last Sunday, Dec. 6.
Fr. Leonardo Dublan, Jr., parish priest said they want to have a showroom for the people as their model on how to set up their own container garden even with limited space at home.
“It is not impossible to have a backyard garden in the urban area. Our parish is located in a subdivision and we were able to set-up our parish urban container garden and parishioners can also do the same in their respective homes,” explained Dublan, also the director of the Archdiocesan Social Action Center (ASAC).
The parish has sought the help of Jojo Rom, known as Father of Urban Container Gardening in the country, in putting up the said garden in honor of the pope.
The garden utilizes organic fertilizers and also has an aquaculture pond below the structure. A mini poultry area and a wall garden are also included in the entire set-up.
Rom said the waste from the kitchen like fruit and vegetable peelings as well as other biodegradable waste are used to generate fermented fertilizer for the plants.
After the blessing, a lecture about urban container gardening was given by Rom to the lay leaders and parishioners. It can be remembered that he once delivered a similar lecture during the monthly meeting of the Parish Social Action Ministry (PSAM) of the Archdiocese of Davao.
‘Safe, organic food’
ASAC Davao coordinator Sr. Ma. Marissa Arado, TDM said ASAC Davao has been promoting urban container gardening to provide safe, organic food for the family, especially with the worsening effects of climate change.
“Hopefully the lessons about climate change will reach the young people and the grassroots,” Arado said.
She added the use of organic fertilizers is a way of protecting not only the family but also the soil as chemicals are used in producing many commercially available crops.
ASAC Davao hopes that the lessons learned from the Laudato Si Garden will be used in every Gagmay’ng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) or Basic Ecclesial Communities and every home. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)