Ep.8: on Growing Food Gardens with JC Tejano and Muneer & Raina Hinay

This episode was brought to you by Forest Foundation Philippines, a non-profit that supports projects that encourage people to protect our forests. It was produced by MUNI, hosted and written by Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre, edited by, with music by Diego Mapa and branding by Serious Studio. You can find the MUNI on This Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or listen directly below.

About this episode

One of the unexpected impacts of COVID is that it actually ushered in a real interest in backyard farming for a lot of people. Are the social or environmental benefits to growing food in urban centers significant? Or is urban farming just a hobby for bored, locked down titas of Manila?

We talked to two urban farmers, who have reaped real benefits from urban farming, and found resiliency and community through their food gardens: JC Tejano, a Quezon City resident with zero experience in farming, who turned a trash-filled lot into an abundant community garden while in lockdown, and Muneer and Raina Hinay of Kids Who Farm from Zamboanga City, who empower the youth to learn the benefits of urban farming and set up community food gardens of their own.

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  2. Father and daughter put up an organizatino to teach Mindanao youth the basics of urban gardening | (July 7, 2020)

  3. Food Forest Gardening Act | (October 4, 2016)

  4. Free seeds from Bureau of Plant Industry | @muni_ph on Instagram (May 30, 2020)

  5. Free seeds from Bureau of Plant Industry | MUNI Community on Facebook (May 30, 2020)

  6. Gardening linked to improved health | European Centre for Environment & Human Health (May 6, 2020)

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  8. JC's community food garden | ABS-CBN Facebook page (June 28, 2020)

  9. Sprout Joy: MUNI Meetup on making soil and growing your own food | MUNI Community on Facebook (May 17, 2020)

  10. The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.) | Vox (October 12, 2016)

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