Learning from the Oidas: Working in harmony with nature

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A Mini Ecosystem

A Mini Ecosystem

surfers Mike and Alma Oida

surfers Mike and Alma Oida

Mike and Alma Oida of Kapuluan Vista Resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte are  synonymous with green. Their eco-design resort continues to attract the environment-conscious, the lovers of nature, healthy food, peace and tranquility. Now, they have managed to create their own organic garden. (Click to read related story)

On our recent visit to Kapuluan, we discovered great green gardening ideas that we need to share with you.

vermicomposting

vermicomposting

natural non-toxic fertilizers that don't smell or attract flies

worm castings, natural non-toxic fertilizers that don't smell or attract flies

cayenne pepper

cayenne pepper

swiss chard, also known as, silver beet or spinach beet

Swiss chard, also known as, silver beet or spinach beet

coriander

coriander

greenhouse gardening

greenhouse gardening

When we asked Mike what is the secret to raising healthy vegetables, he answered, “Basically, looking back where we left off… the classic style.” He and Alma grow sweet corn, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, chili, pepper, coriander and Swiss chard. Alma says, ” We are able to grow only for the restaurant, but that’s for now.” About the benefits of eating organically-grown veggies, Mike says, “It is believed to be more potent with nutritional values.” How does he deal with pests? “Gardening cooperatively with nature. Just leaving the pests alone.”

the green and delectable Hummus Burrito from Kapuluan's kitchen

the green and delectable Hummus Burrito from Kapuluan's kitchen

For the resort, we asked Mike what other eco-friendly practices  have they adopted lately — and he says, “EM, or effective microorganisms in organic waste management.” EM control odors, do all-purpose cleaning, reduce or replace all the cleaners, and recycle stuff like food leftovers, a good way to create a healthy environment. In gardening, EM cut on fertilizer costs, improve soil quality, soil health, and the growth, yield and quality of crops. These beneficial and effective microorganisms have many uses in other sustainable activities. “We’ve stopped using chemicals”, Mike added.

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Reduce your plastic footprint

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the BYOB "bring your own bag" A plastic footprint is the amount of plastic any one individual or entity contributes into the environment, either through consumption or manufacturing.

What you can do to reduce your plastic footprint:

Practice the 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

> bring your own reusable grocery bag whenever you go to the market
> instead of bottled water, try using reusable bottle containers like Nalgene and washable plastic tumblers to serve water
> always dispose of any and all plastics you use in approved recycling receptacles, or bring them to recycling centers. Plastics can be re or downcycled into innumerable other products

BYOB "Bring Your Own Bag": A Green Idea by Mike and Alma Oida

BYOB "Bring Your Own Bag": A Green Idea by Mike and Alma Oida

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Green Thumbs-Up for Pagudpud’s Innovative Trash Bins

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Addressing proper waste segregation, one of the environmental issues of the times, the Local Government Unit of Pagudpud, headed by Mayor Marlon Sales, one of the young mayors in Ilocos Norte, is creating awareness among its citizens about their rights and responsibilities towards solid waste and cleanliness of their town. We are hoping other places will follow this admirable initiative for a greener environment.

Among the numerous benefits of waste segregation is that the segregated waste like plastics and paper has been a valuable commodity sellable to local and foreign markets. It encourages communities to adopt waste segregation practices for income generating activities.

a trail blazer in ecotourism and nature protection

a trail blazer in ecotourism and nature protection, Mayor Marlon Sales of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


Segregation of Waste

Waste can be segregated as

1. Biodegradable

2. Non-biodegradable

Biodegradable waste include organic waste, e. g. kitchen waste, vegetables, fruits, flowers, leaves from the garden, and paper.

Non-biodegradable waste can be further segregated into:
a) Recyclable waste – plastics, paper, glass, metal, etc.
b) Toxic waste – old medicines, paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertilizer and pesticide containers, batteries, shoe polish.
c) Soiled – hospital waste such as cloth soiled with blood and other body fluids.

Toxic and soiled waste must be disposed of with utmost care.

(Source for Segregation of Waste: EduGreen)

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