COUPLE INVESTED IN AN URBAN CHICKEN FARM TO FOSTER FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
BY PATRICIA BIANCA S. TACULAO
For a Dagupan couple, what started as a backyard project to give their family access to a steady supply of chicken meat and eggs has turned into a small, thriving business. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT URBAN FARMING what usually comes to mind is growing vegetables, fruits, and all sorts of edible plants which could be used for personal consumption. A couple decided to take a different approach and invested in chickens instead. Christopher and Hapi Domingo are household-based urban chicken farmers who manage Hapi Chickens Urban Farm in Dagupan. “We have a small flock of chickens as we venture in a self-sustainable chicken meat and egg production initially for our household consumption. Our coop covers about 40 square meters of our yard,” Christopher said. They began raising chickens back in February 2019 with just seven heads of month-old chicks. Prior to that, the couple already had a strong inclination to growing their own food as they have been growing seasonal vegetables such as okra, tomatoes, ampalaya, and eggplant in front of their house for the past few years. Presently, the couple is also growing a few fruit bearing trees such as atis, papaya, langka, chico, and mulberry along with several oyster mushroom fruiting bags, and a few vegetables-all for their own consumption.