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|Name||BLPC Urban Farm|
|Year of beginning||2014|
|People involved||The BLPC is a tight-knit community of 1,600 souls in some 500 plus apartments of four-story walk-up units|
|Who started the initiative (NGO, public administration, association)||NGO Transition Community Initiative Philippines|
|Type of commons||agriculture, community urban farming|
|Object||The Urban Gardening Project in Bagong Lipunan Pag-asa Condominium Community (BLPC Community) of Manila, Philippines is an initiative to transform unused urban land into a thriving urban farm and community space in Metro-Manila, Philippines.
The BLPC is a tight-knit community of 1,600 souls in some 500 plus apartments of four-story walk-up units, situated minutes away (by foot) from North EDSA SM-Shopping Mall, Trinoma, and the neighbouring rapid transit (MRT) station, in Quezon City, Metro-Manila. Built by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the late 1970s, on what was then the edge of the city, the apartments have meanwhile been sold with just 30% still rented and it is now rather poorly maintained but has many mature trees – especially mangos.
The project intends to promote the growing of food crops on some 5,000 ft2 of underused parts of BLPC and in small gardens and on balconies to develop an exemplary urban farm and community open space. It is intended to grow fruit and vegetables organically and in time maybe even house livestock. This should demonstrate the possibilities to grow food in a densely urbanized area with limited resources and thence to inspire others to start growing (some of) their own food in the underutilized urban spaces, on balconies and roofs.
The rationale for the project is based on the premise that environment and community issues are closely interlinked and that one can be tackled with the aid of the other.
The aims of the Urban Farm are as follows: