For some residents in Imus, farming is virtually dead in their city as the area is filled with subdivision and establishments which occupies more than half of the land of the city. But officials from Imus are embarking on organic urban farming as long-term program in a bid to make the city the “Organic Food Capital of Cavite.” This organic urban farming doesn’t require a lot of space, you just need to be resourceful in terms of the materials you will be needing. You can use plastic bottles, sack, old tire or plant box as a place of planting. It involves growing of crops without the use of chemicals in a village, city or urban areas.
The farming scheme was launched at the CBF Farm Compound at Citiland Subdivision in Barangay Malagasang II-F. The CBF Farm is one of the areas that have introduced organic farming.
With the launching of the Organic Urban Farming and to keep it progressive, the city will introduce Demo Farms or the setting up of areas where organic farming can be introduced and taught to farmers, teachers, students, homeowner officers, and members or any other individuals.
The City Information Officer said they will implement organic farming in public idle lands, with an area of 400 square meters and up, that may involve and benefited the out-of-school youths, 4Ps beneficiaries (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) or drug dependents.
The city will also set up the Food Processing Unit and Post Harvest Facility, in coordination with the Department of Trade (DTI) and the Department of Science and technology (DOST) for the handling and selling of the organic vegetables. The ‘will’ in everyone is the key for the city’s organic farming endeavor.