The Sunflower Garden located at the CLSU Second Gate is now in full bloom, reminding everyone to stand tall and still, and to always find light in the midst of adversity. Initially, according to Dr. Edgar Orden, CLSU President, the Garden was intended as a special feature for the 113th Founding Anniversary of the University this April for viewing of students, farmers, and other visitors. In addition, according to Mr. John Dave Aquino, project lead, it was also established for sunflower seed purification and production, and as sources for sample collection for studies involved in prolonging the vase life of cut sunflower and potential rich source of nectar for beekeeping industry. However, these purposes are curtailed due to the unexpected occurrence of CoViD-19 where there is a strict implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine directive by the government. Nevertheless, the Sunflower Garden still serves as a technology demonstration area, and as an inspiration and a ray of hope and a brighter future for everyJuan.
The project is under the Research, Extension and Training Program through the collaborative efforts of the Research Office and the Small Ruminant Center (SRC), led by Dr. Maria Excelsis Orden and Director Neal del Rosario, respectively. The Research Office provided the technology and resources used while, SRC provided manpower and assistance. For more information, visit the CLSU website at https://clsu.edu.ph.