HYDROPONICS FOR ECONOMIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
This paper is about empowering the economy for community development through hydroponics cultivation. Pre-activity data on partner community were collected by on site interviews and field observation. From the data analysis, it was suggested to do hydroponics farming for partner community. Training on hydroponics and how to grow plants hydroponically was given. The knowledge and skills about food crops produced by hydroponics cultivation were given through training. It was done by giving interactive lecture and on site practice on November 11, 2018 to fifteen participants, mostly homemakers, from Desa Anggadita, East Karawang, West Java as partner community. All participants were involved in group discussion, and were very happy for the training. They got the knowledge on hydroponics. They knew the many economic and social benefits in doing hydroponics farming. Having the knowledge and skills needed for hydroponics farming and couple with partner community enthusiasms, they were challenged to do hydroponics farming on their front or backyards. The partner community can soon provide healthy food, herbs medicine, and flowers products for their own use and for commercial purposes, eventually. Partner community awareness on hydroponics farming will also contribute to healthy community lifestyle, greener environment, and more sustainable earth.
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