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Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

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CAGAYAN DE ORO. Retired police officer Honorio Cervantes in his organic farm at Zone 5, Barangay Pagatpat, this city. An advocate of square foot gardening, he dreams that his gardening method will be a model project to the youth and even former drug personalities.

“As a farmer, I have this movement I call FAITH which means ‘Food Always in the Home’.

By Abigail Viguella
Sun Star
Oct 1, 2016

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A retired city police director and a barangay kagawad, Cervantes is aware of the inevitable dilemma of drug dependents who have already surrendered. The square foot urban gardening may be a venue for recovery and reconciliation with one’s self, he noted.

“It is amazing how far this project has come. Agriculture specialists, agriculture majors, and even common farming enthusiasts are now coming to my farm just to have me discuss this method to them,” said Cervantes.

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‘Grow Local’ British Columbia Funding

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A Cabbage Garden by Arthur Melville, 1877.

The B.C. government is providing funding of up to $25,000 each for 10 communities so they can work directly with their local residents in helping grow their own food.

Investment Agriculture Foundation Of BC

The goal of Grow Local BC is to provide a deeper connection between B.C. food, B.C. communities and the people that live in them. By encouraging British Columbians to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables, they will help strengthen local food supply security.

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Lethbridge, Alberta urban farmer grows on 18 plots of land (about an acre in size)

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Josh Hellawell farms 18 plots of land. His largest piece of equipment is a Toyota Forerunner, and he doesn’t use any synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

Hellawell said he also strives to be carbon neutral by limiting travel time in his work, delivering to CSAs instead of having 40 clients drive to him, and by striving for short distances between food source and customer.

By Barb Glen
Western Producer
Sept 29, 2016

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The arrangement with city property owners involves a contract entitling them to 10 percent of the vegetable crop and requires them to provide water. A liability clause protects both parties from lawsuits in the event of injury to anyone involved.

The contract also requires Hellawell to maintain the farming area, which must be at least 1,000 sq. feet.

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