Your blogger, Zac B. Sarian, will conduct a talk on "Money-Making Opportunities in Small-Scale Farming" as a feature of the AANI Farm Tour that will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
The talk will be held in the morning at the lecture hall of the AANI Weekend Market at the FTI in Taguig City. After lunch, the participants will proceed to visit the livelihood projects of Sen. Cynthia Villar in Las Piñas City.
Her projects include the production of coco coir and cocopeat or dust from coconut husk, including the waste product of buko stands. The coir is woven into different products like doormat and erosion control nets.
Another project is the production of organic fertilizer out of household wastes. This project does not only save the city the high cost of disposing household wastes. The resulting organic fertilizer is a big benefit derived from such household wastes.
The third project to be visited is the production of mats and various handicraft items out of water hyacinth which is a problem in Laguna Lake and some other bodies of water.
Those interested to join the AANI Farm Tour can make their reservation by calling (02)-497-2755 or 0917-795-0916 or 0917-431-8808.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
|Ducks and Flamingo figurines fashioune|
out of bamboo roots by workers of
Carolina Bamboo Garden.
Fatima Tangnan who put up a bamboo collection in Baguio City years ago will talk on propagation, cultivation and maintenance of bamboo. On the other hand, Robert Natividad of the Forest Products Research Institute will talk on making bamboo crafts.
A special guest-lecturer will be the award-winning artist-sculptor Rey Paz Contreras whose sculptures combine aesthetics and functionality. He is an advocate of people's art for environmental awareness and nationalist identity.
Interested attendees may contact Tel. Nos. 847-0522 to 25 or 0922-824-8952.
|Bamboo sculpture by Rey Paz|
Contreras, a multi-awarded artust,
Saturday, March 8, 2014
|Danny Banzuela with fruiting|
seedless balimbing in a container.
|Our harvest of Balimbing for breakfast.|
We ourselves like to eat the crunchy and juicy slices of fruits that are starting to become yellow. When we brought some for tasting by our officemates, they said somebody should really produce this fruit and make it available in the supermarkets like they do in Bangkok and in Taiwan.
It is not only good for commercial growers to grow this. Hobbyists can grow them in containers for the production of fruits for their own consumption. Grafted trees will bear fruit even if they are only two to three feet tall. In big rubberized containers, they will grow several feet tall and will produce a lot of fruits.
Fruitflies love to infest the ripening fruits but this problem can be solved by bagging the fruits with cloth bags just like what we do in our farm.
|Sliced crosswise, the slices look like stars.|
|The horizontally spreading trunkless tree fern.|
HERE'S a most unusual tree fern that we saw in a private farm in Benguet. Unlike the tree fern that you and I know which produces a tall trunk, this one does not develop any trunk. Instead, it produces trunkless new growth on the sides.
According to the owner, that has been there when he acquired the property in 1993.
When we showed this photo to a landscaper, he was really excited. He had not seen one like it before. How he wished this could be tissue-cultured.
We are not at liberty, however, to disclose who is the owner. Suffice it to say, now you know that there is such a tree fern.
|Amherstia nobilis at the Sarian Farm|
in Teresa, Rizal.
As of March 7, 2014, the tree is full of dangling clusters of pink flowers, the result of spraying the tree with Power Grower Combo.
The Queen of Flowering Trees is botanically known as Amherstia nobilis. It is a native of Burma (Myanmar) and was named in honor of Lady Amherst, said to be the wife of a former governor general of India.
Although it was introduced in the Philippines even before World War II, the tree is still rare because it is very difficult to propagate by marcotting. And it does not readily produce seeds. The only time we saw a fruiting Amherstia was when a tree at UP Los Baños was sprayed with hormone many years ago. The seed pods are very attractive pink.