If there is one best thing to learn during this lockdown period, it would be gardening.

When the Country is placed under the strict lockdown measures to avoid the spread of the corona virus most of us are spending our time at home.  We are all busy thinking about COVID-19.  But most of all we think about how to maximize our time on being productive and to be productive and to take this opportunity to be with ourselves, with our family, and with nature.  Food is one of the essential needs that was curtailed upon us. Many have realized that farming – urban or rural, will bring our current state far better in time. 

Just like what Bhutan did during this pandemic and lockdown (click link) they took this opportunity to boost their agriculture industry to promote sustainability.  This is also what is happening in many areas here in the Philippines.  Local Government Unit Leaders are pushing their Agricultural Industry to address the problems of food scarcity.  People and the government are working together and helping each other to respond one’s needs in able to survive.  This pandemic also opens some opportunities for us to look deeper in able to reach a realization and to work with a plan that will benefit the country and for everyone in the future.

For some, who have started planting when the lockdown have started, might already have enjoyed harvesting of what they have planted.  The joy they have harvested apart from the nutritious food they eat can also be taken from the moment of sowing and harvesting the plant.  Therefore, farming methods also need to be learned   in order to appreciate more of our effort in farming.  These methods have been shared by the Local Government Unit of San Fernando, Pampanga to their quarantine violators.  As a sort of punishment and to render community service, the violators are required to plant vegetables in the City Nursery (click link).   Isn’t this a very strategic and positive response to COVID-19 and to humanity?

This quarantine period is indeed a quality time to be spent with our loved ones or to do things that will help us to cope up from the anxiety and stress and not only to retaliate on the current situation but also to aid the food supply in the future.

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