By Gabriela Baron
A family in Libmanan, Camarines Sur resorted to gardening while under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and has been giving some of their produce like “petchay” for free to their neighbors.
“Dahil po sa ECQ, mas napalawak at napaganda namin ang aming munting bakuran. Tulong-tulong po kami araw-araw sa pagtanim, pagdilig, at pag-alaga sa mga gulay (Because of the ECQ, we were able to expand and beautify our garden. Everyday, we help each other in planting crops, watering, and taking care of our vegetables),” Nancy Imperial Furio wrote on Facebook.
Furio said that gardening has become her family’s new bonding time and also a source of food on their table.
“Malaking tulong po ang mga naaaani namin pandagdag sa pagkaing naihahanda sa hapag kainan bawat araw (Our harvests are one of our sources of food),” she added.
After harvesting “petchay,” the family offered them for free to their neighbors. Furio said that it’s their way to help their neighbors during the lockdown.
“Konting tulong sa panahon natin ngayon. Totoo po na ang nagtatanim, hindi magugutom.” (We try to provide a little help in these trying times. It’s really true, people who plant will never go hungry.)