Philippines: Backyard hydroponics empowers fresh graduate to earn extra income

Carl Justin Jubilan is the 24-year-old owner of Jubz Backyard Farm in Miagoa, Iloilo. A fresh graduate in aircraft mechanics, Carl found himself seeking an alternative source of income during the pandemic.

Carl conceptualized a business idea while studying in Manila. However, due to the pandemic, he returned to his hometown in Iloilo. In search of a way to sustain his allowance during his time in Metro Manila, he explored different ideas and stumbled upon hydroponics through an internet video. Intrigued, he extensively researched the materials, equipment, and costs involved, and this newfound interest became the foundation for his business.

Carl expresses a keen interest in the features of hydroponics, particularly its user-friendly nature compared to other farming methods that often require hard-to-find materials. He finds the Kratky Hydroponics method appealing as he can easily find the necessary materials in online shops.

“Once the hydroponic system is set up, it requires only minimal maintenance, allowing me to check on it daily until harvest,” Carl said. “The workload is not heavy, making hydroponic farming an efficient and practical option.” Carl's chosen hydroponic farming approach involves using tuna boxes with nutrient solution, placing lettuce cups within them. He prefers this over traditional farming methods that rely on soil, opting instead to use cocopeat as the medium for plant growth in his hydroponic system.


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