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Nutrition Council offers backyard-gardening classes

THE CNMI Nutrition Council, under the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Division of Public Health’s Non-Communicable Disease Bureau, is offering a backyard-gardening course as part of its “Back to our Roots” program which aims to increase daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Hannah Isabel Shai, a DPH-NCDB project assistant, said nine individuals participated in a backyard-gardening class held on Oct. 13 at the Life in the Son Church in Gualo Rai.

The participants learned how to grow  cabbage, eggplant, tomato, okra and hot peppers, and were provided recipes that require the vegetables they grow.

Members of the Nutrition Council, in partnership with the NCD Bureau, DCCA-NAP and NMC CREES, conducted a backyard-gardening class at the Life in the Son Church in Gualo Rai. Photo shows the  members of the church  who attended the class on Oct. 13.  Contributed photoMembers of the Nutrition Council, in partnership with the NCD Bureau, DCCA-NAP and NMC CREES, conducted a backyard-gardening class at the Life in the Son Church in Gualo Rai. Photo shows the  members of the church  who attended the class on Oct. 13. Contributed photo

Shai said the participants, who are members of the Life in Son congregation, were given tool kits that will guide them in their gardening journey.

The Nutrition Council aims to have at least 100 backyard gardens in the CNMI, she said.

“We are aiming to launch the backyard-garden program in January next year,” she added.

Meantime, she said the Nutrition Council is offering backyard-gardening classes  to community members.

The schedule:

  • • Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., As Perdido farm. The participants will learn how to start a garden and  what vegetables to plant in limited spaces.
  • • Nov. 24, from  9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Venue is to be announced. The participants will learn about pests and diseases affecting plants and gardens and how to make homemade concoctions for pest management.
  • • Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Venue is to be announced. Learn the nutrients that plants need to grow and develop, and how to compost for soil enrichment and waste management.
  • • Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Venue is to be announced. Learn how to add nutrients to the garden soil through cover crops, and learn crop rotation and the importance of practicing this method.

The Nutrition Council’s partners in implementing the “Back to our Roots” program are the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the NCD Bureau, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Nutrition Assistance Program, the Division of Youth Services, Northern Mariana College-Cooperative Research and Extension Education Services and other agencies.