Philippines: Partners in Laguna promotes urban farming through mushroom growing and hydroponics

Gabriel Serrano and Sandy Nera are the partners behind Siyudad Agrikultura, an innovative urban farming venture in Calauan, Laguna, that embodies an approach to agriculture that aims to address challenges in limited city spaces. Siyudad Agrikultura has evolved into a multi-faceted endeavor specializing in various cultivation techniques, such as mushroom growing and hydroponics, with a primary focus on lettuce production. Beyond its agricultural pursuits, Gabriel and Sandy aim for empowerment and inspiring the youth to engage in farming.

The establishment of Siyudad Agrikultura
Gabriel's agricultural background can be traced back to his grandparents, uncle, and aunt, all of whom have been engaged in farming. However, Gabriel's parents did not choose a career in farming. Nonetheless, Gabriel's father, who originates from a family of farmers, initiated his family into the practice of urban gardening.

Gabriel's father harbored an interest in urban gardening, resulting in the cultivation of multiple crops in open plots within the subdivision where the family resides. Regrettably, the subdivision authorities intervened, leading to the removal of the crops.

"At that time, I wondered whether we could farm or garden while living in the city. The challenge wasn't just the limited space, but also whether it was permitted," Gabriel said.


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