Agriculture - - Soilless Farming -

IT IS AMAZ­ING how farm­ing and gar­den­ing en­thu­si­asts are brav­ing in­clement weather just to at­tend the lec­ture on hy­dro­pon­ics. On July 21, 2018, it was rain­ing very hard and many streets were un­der wa­ter. Yet, more than 150 en­thu­si­asts braved the heavy rains and flooded streets to at­tend the lec­ture of Engr. Wil­son Testa on grow­ing veg­eta­bles the hy­dro­pon­ics way.

The event was at the Agribiz Kapi­han fo­rum at the Harbest Events Cen­ter at the Rizal Techno Park in Tay­tay town. One young mother, Rona Fabia brought with her her one-year-old son Maceo. A nun from San Jose del Monte City, Sis­ter Ching Japin, started her trip at 5 a.m. and ar­rived in time for the start of the fo­rum at nine o’clock. At the end of the fo­rum, she con­fessed she re­ally got some use­ful ideas that she could im­ple­ment in their own brand of gar­den­ing in their con­vent. A fel­low from Ca­banat­uan City also braved the flooded roads just to at­tend the fo­rum.

Pro­fes­sion­als, busi­ness­men, hob­by­ists,

as­pir­ing home gardeners and oth­ers were all there ea­ger to learn one prac­ti­cal way of grow­ing veg­eta­bles with­out soil right in their homes. Oth­ers were there to find out if the tech­nol­ogy could be un­der­taken as a busi­ness. Right at the venue, Toto Barcelona who owns the Events Cen­ter build­ing is start­ing to demon­strate not only how to grow hy­dro­ponic veggies as a busi­ness but also other tech­niques of pro­duc­ing high-value crops like mel­ons and strawberry un­der drip-ir­ri­gated fa­cil­i­ties.

Wil­son showed how hy­dro­pon­ics can be a means of pro­duc­ing one’s veg­etable re­quire­ments in the home even in a lim­ited space. The veg­eta­bles pro­duced are very clean, maybe even more hy­gienic than the or­ganic veg­eta­bles grown in soil. That’s be­cause the soil could be in­fested with path­o­genic or­gan­isms.– ZBS

A com­mer­cial hy­dro­pon­ics farm un­der green­house.

Veg­eta­bles in hy­dro­pon­ics. Engr. Testa is at left.

Engr. Wil­son Testa, a hy­dro­pon­ics ex­pert.

Pechay grown the hy­dro­pon­ics way.

Testa lec­tur­ing on hy­dro­pon­ics.

Sis­ter Ching Japin came all the way from San Jose del Monte, Bu­la­can to at­tend the hy­dro­pon­ics lec­ture.

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