Year 3 Bio-Intensive Garden Project

On Friday 16 March 2018, The British School Manila’s Year 3 invited a team of experts from Fostering Education and Environmental Development (FEED), The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) to help set up its own Bio-Intensive Garden. As part of the plants and sustainability project of the school, we started looking at the issue of food security and malnutrition in poorer areas of Manila. We also plan to supply fast-growing indigenous crops to our service learning partner, Missionaries of the Poor.

Bio-Intensive gardening is a low cost and sustainable method of growing plants using locally available materials, organic fertilizers and flood resistant methods to grow crops in surprisingly small areas. Year 3 students were taught how to grow and care for their plants and were shown how their actions can have a positive impact on the
environment.
 
The focus of this project is to ensure regular good harvests of native vegetables that can provide support for local feeding programs, such as those run weekly at Missionaries of the Poor. We will be working with these experts to ensure success. 
 
Our Year 3’s hope that this legacy will be continued with future Year 3 cohorts, and that we can teach others how to sustain their gardens and strengthen links with other feeding programs in the city.”