An increasing number of people are getting interested in going into hydroponics whether as a hobby to grow veggies for the home, or for growing salad greens for commercial purposes.
Eugene T. Gabriel and his wife Annie came all the way from Santiago City in Isabela to attend the SNAP hydroponics seminar conducted by Julz Carl Gerona in Antipolo on May 11, 2019. They are determined to make hydroponics production of lettuce and other salad varieties as an honest-to-goodness business that will supply healthy vegetables to convenience stores and health-conscious consumers.
Krizia Marie Gango from Bohol also attended with her fiance who is a seaman. Krizia is determined to start her project in the province soonest. Chriselle Militar of Marikina, on the other hand, plans only to produce vegetables for home consumption.
A total of 17 hydroponics hopefuls attended the seminar on SNAP hydroponics. Many of them were inspired by the story about Julz Carl published in our blog and in the agriculture page of Manila Bulletin. Julz is a PE instructor in a university in Antipolo City who is renting a vacant lot in their subdivision for growing hydroponics vegetables as a sideline. It is a profitable sideline. The week before we interviewed him for our article, he was able to sell P12,000 worth of his produce.
Today he is not only making money from his harvest of vegetables but also from conducting seminars on hydroponics production. He charges P2,000 per person. He will be conducting his next seminar in a big hydroponics farm of his relative in Tagaytay City on May 29.
The seminar consists of a lecture on the basics of hydroponics. It is followed by hands-on practice in preparing the growing boxes; making the holes for placing the cups for planting the seedlings; seed sowing; transplanting and applying the nutrient solutions.
The good thing about SNAP hydroponics is that it does not require a lot of labor. In the case of Julz, he only has one young man to help him in his project. Thirty days after planting the seedlings, they are ready for harvest and sale. It is perfect as a sideline for an employee like Julz Carl Gerona.