Back when I was in grade school there was a program that the government launched called the Green Revolution. Simply put, the Green Revolution encouraged everyone—whether they were city dwellers or those who lived in the suburbs and provinces—who had a plot of land to plant vegetables. Schools were especially enjoined to do so, as they were the most likely to have Garden Planters available to cultivate. This was a two-pronged effort to augment the family or school’s table with produce grown with the residents and students own hands.

The movement progressed to such lengths that even areas bordering drainage canals were cultivated, with or without the use of a garden planter. City residents made use of such limited space that even their Window Box Planters sprouted tomatoes and spring onions. City and provincial schools had as many two by six plots planted to pechay and ampalaya (bitter melon) as they did decorative shrubs in Indoor Planters. Households in the provinces where there was more land available to till yielded homegrown crops that allowed them to save on the food budget.

I regret that such a planters movement has become almost impossible to implement in today’s setting. Urban space that used to be available for planting is now more often used to build makeshift houses for people who have come to the city to try their luck. People everywhere seem more prone to pouring cement on a piece of land instead of pouring fertilizer for crops. And all of a sudden I am reminded that there is no more fertilizer and because of that there are no crops.

Not anymore.

Sowing the seeds

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