If you take a walk down the most remote location, you’re most likely bound to see a trace of man-made objects littering the path. At the rate we have gone, we have enough trash to last us numerous lifetimes but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, businessman Michael Trivino brings this saying to life through his creation of a plastic bottle backyard veggie farm.
Despite not having any farming experience, Trivino took the opportunity to join online groups and educate himself during quarantine. He quickly discovered a new passion for urban farming and becoming food independent through gardening.
Rather than opting for conventional methods such as the utilization of pots or new equipment, this new urban farmer veered toward upcycling plastic bottles, tires, and crates.
“Since I owned the lot, I’m the one who designed and decided what and where to plant the seeds. For me, it’s my little project,” Trivino shares. He also named the veggie farm Myrtle Sharrin’s Garden, inspired by his daughter.
The cluttered backyard area underwent transformation starting in April with the help of his drivers from his trucking business since the quarantine forced a lot of individuals out of work.
The project brought everyone together while also creating a way for helpers to create income for their families. For example, some of the workers had bamboo trees growing in their yard which Trivino purchased for the garden.
The vegetable farm grows a variety of food including lettuce, eggplant, and herbal plants. “I love lettuce,” Trivino begins. “That’s why I intended to grow them in my PET bottles. Since I got overjoyed in buying seeds, I ended up putting my labanos and kangkong seeds on the used tires. The first few seeds went great and successfully grew until now that I was able to plant all the seeds that I bought.”
For Trivino and his family, food independence has been a way to save on expenses while getting to spend time together and connect with nature. At the moment, the harvest is enough to feed the household. Trivino is excited to share with friends and neighbors the harvest continues to grow.
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