Friday 30 October, 2020

Ministry launches #VegetableGardenChallenge to encourage home farming

Image by J Garget from Pixabay.

Image by J Garget from Pixabay.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is encouraging people to share photos of their kitchen gardens as part of a #VegetableGardenChallenge.

In a statement, the Ministry shared various helpful links for advice on starting a home garden and encouraged the public to share photos of their gardens with the hashtag #VegetableGardenChallenge.

"As part of its ongoing, national thrust to promote home gardening amidst the increasing need for us to safeguard our own well-being as it relates to both local consumption and food security, the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) has joined the 4H Leaders’ Council of Trinidad and Tobago, in its ongoing Vegetable Garden Challenge."

People who want to join the challenge can simply share photos of their vegetables planted in their yards or containers with a list of the plants being grown. 

The Ministry said these images (and vegetable lists) may include vegetables from both existing home gardens and/or vegetable plants from any recently-embarked, home gardening initiatives.

"It is hoped that this exercise will not only encourage more households to produce their own food and manage their respective food budgets but also provide an opportunity for families and individuals alike, to make productive use of their time at home, in pursuit of a healthy, socially engaging and sustainable vocation."

For additional information on Home Gardening, the viewers can visit the Ministry’s website link at https://agriculture.gov.tt/category/factsheets-crops/ or refer to any one of the video links under the following titles:-

Requirements for Healthy Plant Growth
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/118126533160320/?vh=e&d=n

How to Choose a Good Quality Seedling?
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/122825022690471/?vh=e&d=n

Selection of Planting Material
Part 1:- https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/123634735942833/?vh=e&d=n
Part 2:- https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/123631905943116/?vh=e&d=n

Places to Plant at Home
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/119153043057669/?vh=e&d=n

Selection & Preparation of Containers
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/120026099637030/?vh=e&d=n

Preparing the Growing Medium for your Home Garden
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/121446949494945/?vh=e&d=n

Land Preparation
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/122139196092387/?vh=e&d=n

Fertilizing
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/126020339037606/?vh=e&d=n

Transplanting & Watering
https://www.facebook.com/103936031246037/posts/124029052570068/?vh=e&d=n

The public is invited to share their photos via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media platforms with the hashtag #VegetableGardenChallenge.

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