Integrated Urban Farm Launching made possible by DA-ATI, PSIA-Ramgo, Corteva, Harbest, LGU Novaliches, Diocese of Novaliches, & QC Food Security Task Force
Sharon Farm, an integrated urban farm situated at the heart of the city, was launched last June 2, 2021, with collaborative efforts and partnership between public and private stakeholders.
The 5,000-square meter lot before the launching of the Urban Agriculture Program that took 10 years to implement
QC launches model community urban farm in Brgy. Novaliches Proper now producing nutritious and healthy vegetable seedlings such as kangkong, talong, malunggay, and okra.
The farm that used to be a bare and unused land was developed into a fully functioning innovative urban
farm through the support and partnership between the DA ‐ATI, PSIA member companies ‐ RAMGO, Corteva, and Harbest, Diocese of Novaliches, LGU Novaliches, and QC Food Security Task Force.
Sharon Farm ribbon cutting led by Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte, Hon. Asuncion Visaya, Most Rev. Roberto O. Gaa, D.D, Emmanuel Hugh F. Velasco, Doc Antonio Alfonso
Under the DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program to promote Urban Agriculture, the official partnership and agreement was concluded between the stakeholders with the common goals of promoting Urban Agriculture as a measure to contribute to food security, develop safe and nutritionally adequate food systems, and protect the environment using innovative eco-friendly farming methods.
Barangay Novaliches Proper Captain Asuncion Visaya signed another Memorandum of Agreement with the Diocese of Novaliches, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Seed Industry Association to collaborate on more programs and improve urban agricultural practices within Sharon Farm.
This is also in line with the message of Sec. William Dar delivered by his representative during the MOA signing and Launching, “The Philippine Agriculture must transform into a more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable food system so it could better respond to the pandemic and other pressing challenges in the sector. With all this, I stand firm on the principle that urban agriculture is also the way forward in helping secure the country’s food needs today more than ever.“
The integrated urban farm was subdivided into sections to showcase new technology-driven urban farming practices and allot spaces for the different sectoral program beneficiaries.
The 300 sq.m area allotted for the PSIA ‐ RAMGO, Corteva & Harbest, showcases innovative urban farming practices using drip irrigation, mulching, and the use of quality vegetable seeds. The other section is composed of aquaponics, vertical garden, container garden, composting area, and poultry raising area.
Ramgo Seeds showcases some of its top-performing varieties in the lowland for urban setting during the launch of Gulayan sa Siyudad in Sharon Farm
However, in order for Urban Farming and this movement to be sustainable and successful, the involvement and improvement of the community should be an integral part of the program. With this, several groups present in the community were identified as program beneficiaries and will also manage a certain section of the farm. The beneficiary groups are the Unemployed returning OFWs, Kababaihan Women’s Group Barangay Novaliches Proper, SMKP (Labor Ministry), 4Ps of Novaliches Proper, QCPD Station 4, Boyscouts of the Philippines High School Students, and SK Gulaynihan. The groups will be also be assigned to manage a certain portion in the area, will be trained in common farming practices, and grow their own vegetables with technical assistance from DA‐ATI and Ramgo.
Program briefing and the area they cultivated
This program and movement aim to improve the access of urban settlers and disadvantaged groups to safe and nutritious food, promote social inclusion, and become an important means for recreation and educational activities for the community.
Farming and growing food in an urban setting presents opportunities and also comes with challenges. Nonetheless, with the collective efforts and participation of public-private stakeholders and the whole community, challenges can be addressed. With the current multifunctionality of this program, it will surely play a crucial role in the sustainability of the food supply in the city in the future.