SURABAYA. (04/04) One of Empowered Village’s locations with the most active health activities in Surabaya is RT 4 RW 4 Kel. Jemurwonosari, Kec. Wonocolo. Health empowerment in this region began in 2015, within the scope of environmental conservation of nutrition gardens. In contrast to the nutritional gardens in Kemaruk Nutrition Garden initially only planted basil and oranges, hence this garden called Kemaruk. As time passes, then other vegetables are planted.

At the beginning of the formation of members of the group of 12 people are invited to a comparative study to one of the hydroponic gardens that have been running with a large scale in the region of Surabaya. As a result of the comparative study, according to the Empowered Village Facilitator, Zirzi that the study is very helpful in the learning process of the members as well as raising the awareness of the people.

“Residents in this area had been less concerned about environmental hygiene. Only when Rumah Zakat entered, began to educate them about the importance of maintaining cleanliness and preserve the environment. Now besides actively managing nutrition garden, people have also applied Clean and Healthy Lifestyle, “said Zirzi.

According Salifudin one of the Board of Kemaruk Nutrition Garden, nutrition garden is managed by the head of the family from nursery to maintenance, while the housewife who will manage the harvest. “Usually before going to work I always take time to water and take care of the plants first. Later if the harvest, my wife and other PKK members who will manage, “said the man who daily work as an ojek driver online.

The result of the nutrition garden from the Kemaruk group is not only consumed by the members and local people but also sold and generates additional money for the group. According Salifudin, vegetable crops that can be used as fresh vegetables sold to vendors of pecel lele and fried chicken. While oranges are processed by PKK members into fresh drinks which are then packed and sold. Now Jemurwonosari region, Wonocolo not only looks more green, beautiful, and cleaner than before, but also can improve the economy of the people through the processed garden nutrition. In addition, for several time this region follow the environmental contest and managed to win at the level of Surabaya.

Lailatul Istikhomah

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