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This Community in QC Spent Only P300 to Start a Shared Urban Garden

They're now harvesting vegetables weekly!

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Photography: Courtesy of JC Tejano

As the world continues to see the COVID-19 pandemic through, many people have found comfort and calm in gardening. Interest in indoor gardens have seen a spike in the past few months as new plantitos and plantitas explore propagating greens within the comfort and safety of their homes. A neighborhood in Quezon City, however, has turned this interest into something sustainable.

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When an empty lot used as a garbage dump caught fire, , a lawyer, as well as the rest of this community, decided to literally clean up their act by transforming the space into an urban vegetable garden.

“Kasi ‘pag meron nang tanim, mahihiya na ‘yong mga tao, ‘di ba, na magtapon ng basuraPangalawa, para na rin makaiwas sa pagpunta sa palengke.“ And it didn’t even take much for them to start off. ‘"Yong gastos, believe it or not, P300 in total. Almost everything was recycled.”

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JC shares that the garden was now giving them regular harvest, which cost much more than what they’ve invested in it. “Almost weekly, meron kaming sobrang daming pechay, kangkong, talbos ng kamote, talong, ampalaya.” The harvest is shared among the members of the community.

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