Philippines: Amid skyscrapers, an urban farm sprouts

The streets of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) are lined with skyscrapers, but take a turn from 5th Avenue into 34th Street, and you will find a green patch of land unlike anything else in the business district.

On this corner is the BGC Community Farm, a 1,500-square-meter farm right in the middle of this bustling city. This farming project was spearheaded by social entrepreneur Louie Ocampo Gutierrez, president of the Urban Farmers Sustainability Concepts Organization Inc (Urban Farmers).

Rows of planters occupy most of the space on the farm. The largest structure is a greenhouse, which is both a nursery for seedlings as well as a classroom for farming lessons. There is also a vertical farm for edible crops, as well as a row of trellis for climbers and creepers. Before leaving, visitors may check out a farm shop that offers curated tools and items for home gardening. 

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