If one would ask, why I started planting, I’d automatically give you three reasons:
The first and most important reason would be my family. As it is with any mother, I wanted my family to be healthy and be free from all sickness and disease. But, as our business grew, my family and I started to feel the pinch of a very stressful life. We had less time to eat properly; which led to us getting sick very often. It was at that moment that I decided that I had had enough! It was time to change their diets
Despite some of their protests, I made them eat lots of greens, drink fruit and vegetable juices and reduce their carbohydrate intake. After some time their health improved and they became less sickly. At that point, I had made up my mind. I decided that I would plant vegetables in our backyard for the health of my family. My main problem, however, was that I didn’t know how to go about it. This leads us to my second reason.
Back in early 2012, our company, Our Knowledge Consulting (Asia), decided to host an agricultural event. Trying to come up with a good event, I looked for seasoned speakers and hands-on trainers. Luckily I came across Jojo Rom’s Facebook profile where I saw his farm in containers! I invited him to be our main speaker for the agricultural event we were setting up. Our meeting with Jojo soon gave birth to our advocacy, Farm Nation. That meeting also ignited the “gardening” fire in me…which leads us to my last reason.
I discovered that I really love gardening! Through the techniques that I learned from Farm Nation and Jojo Rom, I knew that I could pursue my dream of creating my very own home farm... which we now call Pocket Farms. I’ve soon realized that the amount of space didn’t really matter. So long as you have creativity and patience, your dream of having your very own home farm won’t be far away… literally.
Now, I’d like to share this knowledge to everyone. I’d like to tell everyone that, no matter where we live – in an apartment, condominium, etc.- or how big or small our house is, we can plant healthy vegetables, herbs and fruits for our families’ well being. Filipinos need to realize that Pocket Farming is not costly, messy or impossible. All you really need is a little patience, creativity and love to make your very own Pocket Farm.