Learn home gardening the sustainable way

Atiqa Hazellah – George Town

Going Organic: The Consumers Association of Penang has come out with a booklet to teach people on how best to grow their food.

Serious gardeners may take pride in knowing a lot about plants. However, pertinent knowledge such as the right kind of soil mixture, or how to make organic compost as a natural fertiliser is sometimes little known among those with green thumbs.

In an effort to educate the public about the healthy hobby of gardening, the Consumers association of Penang (CAP) recently launched its booklet called, Home Nutrition Garden.

Its president, S.M. Mohamed Idris, said the 39-page publication provides information on how to prepare compost, earthworm breeding vermin-composting and home gardening.

This booklet is filled with information on the sustainable, chemical-free way of farming.

“Through this book, people can learn the natural, organic way of farming to yield vegetables that are definitely safer for consumption.” He said after launching the book recently.

Mohamed Idris said CAP had been championing organic farming and sustainable living for the past six years.

“We want to reach out to home-makers and the public to teach them that kitchen waste such as egg shells, potato peels and fruit skins can be put to good use as the raw material for composting. “ he said.

He encouraged the public to start discovering the wonders of organic farming.

The vegetables sold in the market according to Mohamed Idris, often contain high pesticle residues that can damage one’s health.

“We encourage everyone to move away from capital-intensive and chemical-based method to low-cost, non –chemical and sustainable agriculture,” he said.

He added through home gardening aside from cutting the cost of grocery bills and eating healthy, the public learns to recycle and reduce their waste, minimize negative environmental impact and enjoy their own garden.

“By growing one’s vegetable, it inspires and educate others on an organic lifestyle and its benefits,” he said.

Priced at RM2.50, the booklets are available in four languages – Bahasa Melayu, English, Mandarin and Tamil.

They are available at the CAP office at 10 Jatan Masjid Negeri.

For more information call 04-829 9511 or email at cap1@streamyx.com

Source New Straits Times, Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013