July 12,2016 | Mark Lacsamana
Organized by Municipal Agriculture Office headed by Municipal Agriculturist Ethel Joy Caiga – Salazar, the 1st batch of students consisting of 12 farmers from different barangays in Ibaan attended an organic baking seminar at MoCa Farm RLearning Center at Brgy. Castillo, Padre Garcia, Batangas.
Ms. Gigi Morris, speaker and owner of the farm, discussed the importance of growing organic herbs that are used in culinary. She also emphasized the positive side of “farm-to-table” scheme where herbs can be immediately prepared for consumption.
“But before you can grow herbs in your backyard, series of tests should be done first like culinary trends, soil testing or analysis, and beds must be prepared”, she added.
Leading to seminar proper on organic baking, the participants were introduced to basic equipment, ingredients, measurements, organic herbs to use, mixing, breading, first rise, punching down, shaping, final rise, and baking up to storing of the finished product.
Along the way, participants were also trained on how to prepare dough for pandesal mixed with different flavors based on the usual available herbs in the farm like thyme, rosemary, basil, and blue ternatea.
According to Ms. Ethel, the key aim of the seminar is to help the farmers develop quality farm baked products which can be achieved by such quality training.
The second batch of trainees are expected to attend the same seminar in months to come.