Eats from the garden

There’s some kind of food revolution going on at UP Los Baños (UPLB) and it’s begun to take root in student dormitories. Edible gardening is gaining ground as a way of providing students not only more nutritious options in their diet but also food in dorms when students can’t go out to eat. It seems only right, since UPLB is the country’s leading institution in agriculture. The effort also ties in neatly with the University’s initiative on edible landscapes.

The impressively crafted stage at UPLB's Baker Hall reflects the CU's commitment to food security. (Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO)

Members of the UP Los Baños community packed the historic Charles Fuller Baker Hall on March 6, 2018 to celebrate its 109th Foundation Day. While the celebration was an opportunity to reflect on UPLB’s vital role in research in public service, it also served as a venue to honor the administrative, research and teaching personnel who distinguished themselves through excellent service.

Fertility tree at UPLB

A year after its founding in 1908, the University of the Philippines established its first campus outside Manila. At the foot of Mt. Makiling, on grounds freshly cleared of jungle, and near rice fields fringing Laguna de Bai, five professors and 12 students, led by a Thomasite dean, Edwin Copeland, pioneered an agricultural school. They were joined by their forestry counterparts the following year.