DMCI Homes’ Cedar Crest Launches The Cedar Mini Farm: A Green Initiative Transforming Community Spaces

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The community project shows how a collective effort, supported by a dedicated developer, can transform a simple idea into a meaningful project, enhancing community bonds and promoting sustainable living.

TAGUIG CITY – Cedar Crest residents have launched The Cedar Mini Farm, a new community gardening project aimed at promoting sustainable living and offering a refreshing addition to condo life. Spearheaded by resident Nancy Grace Blanca and supported by DMCI Homes, this initiative transforms a small space under the community’s water tank into a flourishing urban garden.


Planting the Seeds of Community

From left: Lyra Daga, Admin Assistant for the Property Management Office; Emerita Hinojales, Community Development Council Member; Grace Blanca, Community Development Council Board Member; Susan Dahan, Cedar Crest Resident; Rowel Balaoro, OJT for the Property Management Office


The idea for The Cedar Mini Farm originated from the residents’ shared passion for gardening and sustainable living. “Many of us love to grow our own food, but living in a condo limits our space,” explains Nancy Grace Blanca. “We proposed to the Property Management Office (PMO) to allocate a small area for gardening, and they generously provided a space under the water tank.”

The project officially launched in April, and the community’s enthusiasm was notable. Residents donated plants, seeds, gardening tools, and even the protective net that now covers the farm. “We were amazed by the participation,” Blanca says. “People brought down calamansi, okra, eggplant, and various seeds. Everyone was excited to plant and replant, turning the area into a green oasis.”


Engaging the Next Generation

One of the most heartwarming aspects of The Cedar Mini Farm is its role in educating younger residents. Through the Cedar Scouts program, children aged 6 to 12 engage in hands-on gardening activities. “The kids gathered to plant kangkong seedlings. For many, it was their first time handling soil,” Blanca shares. “This project is about teaching urban gardening to children who have grown up in the city. It’s a valuable experience for them.”


Building Community Connections

The Community Development Council (CDC) played a crucial role in formalizing and supporting The Cedar Mini Farm. The CDC aimed to create a sustainable area where residents could gather, bond, and enjoy gardening. “This initiative has turned total strangers into friends,” Blanca notes. “In a condo, it’s easy to not know your neighbors, but the mini farm has become a place where people meet, talk, and connect.”

The collaboration between residents and the PMO has been vital to the success of The Cedar Mini Farm. Housekeeping, landscaping, and engineering teams have all lent a helping hand. “They helped us arrange the plants, install the green net, and maintain the area,” Blanca says. “They even bring water to the site, ensuring it’s available for our senior residents who love to water the plants. The PMO also helps spread the word about the mini farm through social media.”


Sustaining the Mini Farm

The Cedar Mini Farm is a testament to the residents’ involvement and generosity. Early risers water the plants at dawn, while parents and children make it a bonding activity during the day. Evening walkers tend to the garden, ensuring its continuous care. “This collective effort ensures the garden thrives,” Blanca explains. “We even encourage talking to the plants. Many residents find it therapeutic.”

The community’s generosity extends beyond time and effort. Initial funds for the project were raised through a bazaar organized by the PMO, with proceeds used to buy essential supplies like watering cans and gardening tools. “We are blessed with generous unit owners,” Blanca says. “Some donated used pots and gardening tools, while others brought mature plants like calamansi and malunggay. The Department of Agriculture also supported us by providing seeds.”

Looking ahead, the community plans to hold another bazaar in May to fund the purchase of seeds for non-traditional vegetables and possibly grown-up papaya plants. “We envision The Cedar Mini Farm as a venue for community events,” Blanca shares. “For example, during Mother’s Month, moms could have a gastronomic experience, cooking with herbs from the garden. This could also be a learning opportunity for teenagers.”

The community is also considering a “pick and pay” system, where residents can purchase fresh produce from the mini farm. “This would provide an affordable source of fresh vegetables and herbs for the community,” Blanca notes. “But first, we need to plant more to ensure we have enough harvest.”


Future Expansion Plans

There are also plans to expand The Cedar Mini Farm model to other areas within the community. “We still have ample space and plan to populate it with more potted plants,” Blanca explains. “We’re also considering creating a garden of medicinal plants in another area. This would include plants beneficial for conditions like diabetes and kidney stones. We’ve identified potential sites and will start trial planting soon.”

The success of The Cedar Mini Farm would not be possible without the unwavering support of DMCI Homes. The Quadruple A developer has been instrumental in supporting community initiatives that promote sustainable living and environmental stewardship.

“We may not be able to plant trees, but we can certainly plant vegetables, herbs, and medicinal plants,” Blanca says. “This initiative is just the beginning. We’ve started, and with everyone’s support, we will continue to flourish.”


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