By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Agriculture Monthly, Manila Bulletin’s widely circulated magazine of its kind, partnered with the Agricultural Training Center to make learning about agriculture a fun experience for students and their parents through MB AgriKids. 

The event’s second leg gave both the students and parents of Active Thinkers Child Development Center a chance to strengthen their bond with different activities while learning about about farming following the theme “Pamilyang Nagtatanim, Sigla’t Lakas Aanihin.” 

Lenith Señora, the ActiveThinkers Child Development Center school administrator, said that the event is a way for the children to learn the values of farming at an early age. 

Students from kindergarten to grade 4 took part in activities which include a puppet show as well as a slogan and poster making competition. 

Parents, on the other hand, attended an urban gardening lecture and demo headed by Emma Tolentino, the owner of Eco Natural Integrated Farm in Victoria, Tarlac. 

Tolentino discussed the process of growing fresh vegetables in the metro using recycled plastic bottles as the growing medium. 

Active Thinkers Child Development Center is the second school that participated in MB AgriKids. The first leg was held at the Blessed Scalabrini Institute Inc. in Quezon City. 

“Learning agriculture and its importance should begin at home. This gives the children a chance to experience growing their own food and consuming fresh products,” said Yovina-Claire A. Pauig, an information officer III of the ATI-Information Service Division. 

Pauig also emphasized the need to educate the younger generation on how farming can be a profitable venture in the future.

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.