By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Monthly, the most widely circulated magazine of its kind, partnered with the Agricultural Training Institute to bring the knowledge of farming to the youth with MB AgriKids. 

On its first leg, MB AgriKids visited Blessed Scalabrini Institute Inc. in Fairview, Quezon City to begin their mission of educating children about food and farming through the theme of this year’s Buwan ng Wika: “Wikang Katutubo Tulay sa Pagpapaunlad ng Edukasyon, Kultura, at Agrikultura.” 

Ryan Subong, the principal of Blessed Scalabrini Institute Inc., said that like Filipino, agriculture should be cherished and nurtured as well to strengthen the national identity. 

Students from grades 1 to 6 partook in activities such as a quiz bee, coloring exercises, as well as slogan and poster making that coincide with the theme to show their awareness on the topics.

Kits filled with reading materials related to farming were distributed among the students and their parents. 

An urban gardening lecture and demo was also given by Emma Tolentino, the owner of Eco Natural Integrated Farm in Victoria, Tarlac, to educate the parents on how to grow fresh food in the metro.

Tolentino taught the parents how to recycle plastic bottles and use them as planters for plants such as tomatoes, citronella, and more. 

The children expressed their delight on learning how to plant vegetables and eventually harvesting it themselves for personal consumption. 

The ATI is the Department of Agriculture’s extension and training arm tasked to train agricultural extension workers and lead in the delivery of e-extension services for agriculture and fisheries.