Foreigner lends green thumb to Dipolog school

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2016 11:27 AM

MANILA – A 29-year-old American national has volunteered his time to help the cooperative of Pamansalan Eco-Tech High School in Dipolog City in providing food to its students and income to parents.

Patrick Taylor is inspired to work on the five-hectare garden of the school.

Aside from turning the land into an agriculture subject training ground for its students, this also serves as an income generating project of the school through its cooperative where parents of enrolled students can become its members.

"The gardens will come-up and will sustain the children. We're teaching them responsibility. We're teaching them pride in their work. We can't expect our children to go into the future if they don't have that pride of ownership and discipline on the work that they do," Taylor explained.

Taylor first taught organic farming to the members of the cooperative like using animal manure and dried leaves and grass as their garden's fertilizer.

"People should realize that they should not look for their happiness and contentment elsewhere, but they can find it here. I found my contentment here and I came from another country. I would've imagine other people should find their contentment here too," he said.

Parents are thankful to the foreigner for teaching them organic farming for free.

Rolina Sandot, chairman of the Pamansalan Eco-Tech High School Cooperative, greatly appreciates the work that Taylor is doing for the school and the families.

Sandot said income generated from the sale of vegetables harvested from the garden will be divided among its members.

Taylor also gave a handbook on organic farming to parents already translated in Cebuano. He also donated rice for the students while the parents are waiting for the garden's harvest. Report from Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News