Starting 'Em Young
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GK Youth Build 2007 : Urban Farming
Cainta, Metro Manila
Just like the seedlings we planted in the first urban farm in Metro Manila, GK Selecta Village Farm, the youth was the best natural choice to plant a different set of seeds for the future.
The seeds of compassion, love for country, and love for neighbor isn't always automatic for today's youth who are either slumped into one corner playing their PS3s and WIIs, Ipods or PSPs.
The organic traits of youth for philantrophy and giving back needs nourishment and continued cultivation, watering and ensuring that weeds of bad habits don't creep in to destroy the crops of youthful nation-building.
GK Youth Build was able to provide the same seeds to both the first and only urban farm in Metro Manila, but also to the Youth participants of the program.
We committed ourselves as early as 7:30 am to travel from Cubao to Cainta to be immersed in a day of urban farming. The produce, of course, is a source of livelihood for the nearby GK Village. The discipline of watering before 9am and another time before 4PM, can be likened to providing nourishment and consistent disciplining of our youth. Watering too much, or too late can be damaging, as in providing love too much spoils the child.
Moderation is always key.
After Day 1, which saw us visiting 7 GK Villages in 1 day, and Day 2 doing a courtesy call to the Canadian Embassy and discussions with Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), our whole Day 3, was spent in GK Selecta Village Urban Farm.
See the pictures of the day - in slideshow here.