Finding Solace in Urban Farming

In an article written by Calixto Chikiamco in BusinessWorld, he cited agriculture as foundation of development. Indeed, more than ever, as COVID crisis continues to grip our country, learning how to grow your own food is a skill that everyone must have.

This is part of the advocacy of King Philip Caballes upon realizing how important food security is. As he had to come to terms with the less attention given to farming and the constraints of cities as a place for agriculture, he ventured to a different type of cultivating plants without soil. This is also known as hydroculture gardening techniques.

As the CEO of HydroFarm Corporation, Caballes who is a graduate of Electronics Technology in 1999, has found passion in hydroponics and aquaponics systems as a response to keep the food supply stable and help farmers who are caught in the cross hairs of COVID pandemic, let alone promote urban farming.

Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture wherein wastes produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals are used to supply nutrients for plants grown hydroponically which in turn purify the water, while in hydroponics, water and nutrients are only used to foster plant growth.

In a Facebook interview, Caballes said, “I am one of those who help maintain food sufficiency in urban areas by bringing in farm products from our farmers in the mountain barangays.”

HydroFarm which is located in Lapu-lapu City also uses traditional, organic, and urban farming to produce leafy vegetables and supplies them to Lapu-lapu and Toledo cities, mountain barangays of Cebu, and the municipality of Balamban.

Caballes had already made rounds in the past as resource persons in seminars promoting urban gardening and spoke last year at Hortikultura Sugbo.  But this time, he is focusing his energy on the mobilization of goods and services which he sees as a challenge especially with limited resources while balancing to help keep the prices stable.

You can visit the Facebook page of HydroFarm to learn how to grow you own vegetables as the lockdown continues to loom.