It’s almost every Filipino’s dream to own their own version of Bahay Kubo—a house and a farm with everything growing in it. According to Doc. Chito Medina of Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG), that goal can be possible with a little bit of planning.
In cooperation of Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes, Inc. (PNFSP), Dr. Medina gave a lecture to the farmers of Hacienda Luisita on how to make the most of their 0.6 hectares. Part 1 laid out the things to consider when making a farm plan (insert link). This article discusses how to get the most out of what Dr. Miranda calls “the bank in your backyard.”
Determine farm design. This is where the fun starts. Do you want the vegetables laid out in rows or do you want them to grow into each other? It’ll depend on your farming style. Remember to plan for windbreaks, cover crops, and shade.
Map it out. Lay out what you want your farm to look like. It helps to visualize what it would look like when seen from a bird’s eye view. Draw it on a piece of paper.
Plan your implementation and implement your plan. Figure out how to put your plans into action. Make a list of task you have to fulfill, what you need to do them properly, when you have time to put them into action, and how much they will cost. You might have to work on it piecemeal, and that’s okay! What’s important is that you’re working toward a farm that will support you and your family.
Choose easy-growing plants. Dr. Miranda suggests planting crops that are harvestable a few days after planting.
|Crop||Harvest after __ days|
|Upland Kangkong||20 days|
Grow plants for the local market. Another way to make money, aside from your main crop, is to plant vegetables that are always in demand, such as those in the chart above. That way, you always have something to sell—and eat!
Make money from longer-growing plants. Remember the main and supplementary crops you planted (insert link to part 1)? Now’s the time to make money off them.
|Crop||Harvest after _ days|
|Sweet Corn||76 days|
|Bell Pepper||120 days|
Proper farm planning ensures that the farmer and their family has both something to eat and something to sell at a profit every month of the year. You don’t even need a full hectare. As Dr. Miranda concludes, “May pera sa pagsasaka!”
Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG)
2611 Carbern Ville, Los Baños, Laguna
Telefax: (+63-49) 536-5549
Contact Person: Mr. Cris Panerio, National Coordinator
Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes, Inc. (PNFSP)
54 Maginhawa Street, UP Village,
Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: (02) 426-9925