Bio-intensive gardening is a program implemented not only in the Philippines but also in about 142 countries all over the world. In the Philippines, it is a program launched by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction which was awarded the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Heingri Award in 1994-1995.
What I like about this bio-intensive gardening method is that
- You don't need a big land. This method is able to use a 60-150 sqm of land to grow enough food for a family of 6. That's how efficient this system of mini-farming is - the whole garden bed is used productively. You grow more food in less space.
- You don't need to spend too much on farming resources so you save more money. This is because you will use natural fertilizer and natural ways of controlling pests. Moreover, there are techniques being used in this method of farming which lessens the expense on seedlings, water consumption and maintaining the fertility of the soil.
- You get to harvest and feed yourselves with fresh and chemically-free vegetables, root crops and fruits.
- You help sustain the environment by conserving the soil and keeping the air clean.
Here's a video to give a brief introduction about Bio-intensive gardening. This is part of the online series of how-to videos by John Jeavons and Cynthia Raiser Jeavons. Check out the rest of the videos from Ecology Action or from John Jeavons' YouTube channel.
If you want to use employ bio-intensive gardening in the Philippines, I recommend that you buy the booklet from TLRC. It is written in Filipino and it shares information on composting, choosing the type of crops to plant and more that is suitable in Philippine climate and soil type. You can order it by mail on this page.