CULI­NARY AGRI­CUL­TURE, ANY­ONE?

Agriculture - - Con­tents -

A culi­nary course that is rel­e­vant to the times, par­tic­u­larly, that which ad­dresses is­sues on food se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, will be of­fered come Jan­uary 2019 by the Cen­ter for Culi­nary Arts. You see, many pos­si­bil­i­ties abound for fu­ture grad­u­ates of Culi­nary Agri­cul­ture that can gen­er­ate profit and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties; com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of ed­i­ble flow­ers tar­get­ing agri­tourism des­ti­na­tions could be one of them.

A NEW COURSE PRO­GRAM that will be of­fered by the Cen­ter for Culi­nary Arts, one of the top culi­nary schools in Manila, is Culi­nary Agri­cul­ture. The pro­gram is in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UP Los Baños Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Food Science.

This was an­nounced by Dr. Ver­i­tas F. Luna, chan­cel­lor of CCA Manila. She said that this in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary course aims to pro­duce grad­u­ates who will be able to de­liver ways on how to make sus­tain­able, en­vi­ron­ment-friendly, and healthy food to the pub­lic as they will pave their own paths in the food busi­ness and agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries.

She added that CCA Manila is now tak­ing bold steps to­wards in­no­va­tion “as we of­fer a culi­nary course that is rel­e­vant to the times; par­tic­u­larly, that which ad­dresses is­sues on food se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The pro­gram will be of­fered in Jan­uary 2019. Crop Pro­duc­tion Com­pe­ten­cies, Tech­niques and Prac­tice, Culi­nary Ap­pli­ca­tion Tech­niques on Pro­duce, En­trepreneurial Skills, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Ste­ward­ship will be among the pro­gram’s core thrusts. Aside from the fun­da­men­tal culi­nary skills, the course will also dwell on top­ics such as food preser­va­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship, green eco­nomics, ba­sic farm oper­a­tions, ed­i­ble land­scap­ing, fast crop and high-value crop pro­duc­tion, and farm pro­duc­tion plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment. Small farm and gar­den busi­ness oper­a­tions, mar­ket­ing and agribusi­ness will also be in­cluded in the cur­ricu­lum.

“With ex­cel­lent culi­nary skills and care for the en­vi­ron­ment, the course will equip stu­dents with the nec­es­sary skills on how to de­velop and man­age small farms and ed­i­ble gar­dens for sus­tain­able food busi­nesses,” added Dr. Luna.

CCA Manila and UPLB Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Food Science are now tak­ing steps to fur­ther de­velop the pro­gram. In the mean­time, the pro­gram will be of­fered as a one-year course. The course is de­signed for chefs and culi­nar­i­ans who own small farm lots and for those who would like to grow their own pro­duce.

“CCA Manila met us to dis­cuss how to in­no­vate the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in terms of the culi­nary per­spec­tive,” said Dr. Tonette P. Laude, as­so­ciate dean for in­struc­tion at the UPLB Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Food Science dur­ing their visit to CCA Manila in De­cem­ber 2017. They dis­cussed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in terms of con­duct­ing train­ings, par­tic­u­larly on ed­i­ble land­scap­ing and SNAP (Sim­ple Nutri­ent Ad­di­tion Pro­gram) Hy­dro­pon­ics.

CCA Manila is now mak­ing ef­forts in in­tro­duc­ing Agri­cul­ture to their stu­dents

through an ed­u­ca­tional tour in UPLB. This is to let the stu­dents know where in­gre­di­ents come from and to know other kinds of vegetables and crops that are not grown in ur­ban ar­eas. UPLB, on the other hand, is also plan­ning to ar­range an in­tern­ship pro­gram for their Agri­cul­ture stu­dents to CCA Manila. This is to im­merse the stu­dents on the culi­nary pro­cesses that in­volve agri­cul­tural prod­ucts. MANY POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES – There are many pos­si­bil­i­ties that the fu­ture grad­u­ates of Culi­nary Agri­cul­ture can un­der­take as a busi­ness that will gen­er­ate profit and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Pro­cessed prod­ucts that have mar­ket pos­si­bil­i­ties in the lo­cal as well as the ex­port mar­kets can be un­der­taken even by small-scale en­trepreneurs with the help of govern­ment agen­cies like the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy in de­vel­op­ing new unique pro­cessed prod­ucts, and the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try in help­ing link the en­trepreneurs to the world mar­ket. It could as­sist in de­vel­op­ing at­trac­tive pack­age de­signs that are cost-ef­fec­tive.

Com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of ed­i­ble flow­ers tar­get­ing agri­tourism des­ti­na­tions is an­other pos­si­bil­ity. Oh yes, there are as many pos­si­bil­i­ties as the cre­ative peo­ple can come up with.

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) was signed last June 11, 2018 at UPLB by Dr. Fer­nando Sanchez Jr., Chan­cel­lor of UPLB; Dr. En­rico Su­pangco, dean of the Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Food Science; Marinela G. Trinidad, CEO of The Crav­ings Group; and Dr. Ver­i­tas F. Luna.

Ap­pli­ca­tion is on­go­ing. For in­quiries, con­tact CCA Manila Katipunan at 218-8566 or email: talk­toc­ca­manila@gmail.com. Visit the CCA Manila main cam­pus at 287 Katipunan Av­enue, Loy­ola Heights, Que­zon City.

MOU SIGN­ING - From left: Dr. Sim­p­li­cio M. Me­d­ina, Of­fice of In­ter­na­tional Link­ages; Dr. En­rico Su­pangco, dean of Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Food Science; Dr. Fer­nando Sanchez Jr., UPLB chan­cel­lor; Marinela Trinidad, CEO of The Crav­ings Group; Dr. Ma. Ver­i­tas Luna, chan­cel­lor of CCA Manila; and Liza Mo­rales, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment and PR di­rec­tor of CCA Manila.

Ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing in the ur­ban area.

Grow­ing let­tuce to­gether with flow­ers in re­cy­cled tires.

Grow­ing mi­cro­greens in plas­tic trays for salad right in the home.

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