Capiz State University
Starting them young, starting them now.
This is how Mr. Eduardo Navarra, Techno Gabay Team Leader of the Capiz State University, phrases it, referring to the advocacy of promoting organic farming practices and natural farming systems to the high school students—who he believes can be their “fellow advocates” of organic farming.
On July 6, 2012, Navarra took part in the Training on Current Trends in Organic Agriculture & Vermicomposting hosted by Ms. Lorelei Legada, Research Adviser, at the Science Laboratory Room of Mambusao National High School in Brgy. Tumalalud, Mambusao, Capiz.
In a whole-day lecture to some 30 senior high school students of Research, Navarra stressed on the importance of organic agriculture, bringing samples of indigenous microorganisms and foliar fertilizer for students to see and potentially use in their research.
Around the same time last year, Navarra started his voluntary consultancy services to Tumalalud National High School students on vermiculture, coordinating with their Research Adviser Loreli Legada and working with the students on their vermiculture project. In particular, Navarra prepared and produced vermicompost for the students to study. One senior class under Research packaged their project titled “Growth of African Night Crawlers on Indigenous Substrates and Chemical Characteristics of their Vermicomposts” which won a regional award given by DepEd.
In January 2012, the same students research was cited in the Research 2012: Flashpoint: Igniting the Nation’s Next Wave of Innovations sponsored by the Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
This year, through the initiative of their Research Adviser Legada, Navarra once again lectured on organic farming practices and promoted vermi-composting to the new batch of high school researchers and challenged them to pursue the research projects seriously so they could also win in the national competitions this year.
Senior students of Mambusao National High School in Tumalalud, Mambusao, Capiz take stock of the sample indigenous microorganisms brought by Mr. Navarra.