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Local Farms

Kebun-Kebun Bangsar: Transforming Urban Spaces

Architect Ng Sek Kan had been thinking about opportunities to repurpose urban wasteland for a while before he set eyes on the overgrown space in affluent Bangsar five years ago. The land near Lorong Bukit Pantai housed electrical pylons and high voltage wires that are part of the system that supplies power to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s main power company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) or National Power Berhad, owned the land, but it was overgrown and TNB had to pay gardeners …

Growing the Goat Herd at Hay Dairies

Leon Hay is the proud father to 700 goats. The business director and second-generation owner of Singapore’s only goat farm, Hay Dairies, he has committed the rest of his working life to tending to his herd. Running a goat farm is like raising a very large family, says Hay. And milking goats and feeding them by hand every morning is just a small part it. “We care for them from the day they are born, till the day they have …

Everleaf: Organic Produce from Farm to Table

A search for chemical- and pesticide-free vegetables has brought two Malaysian university friends together in more ways than one. Monash University graduates Clarence Chin and C K Chia had both seen family members or close friends fall ill and were looking for answers. They say their loved ones did not have poor lifestyle habits or genes that predisposed to chronic illnesses. Chia says his late mother, who passed away from cancer five years ago, grew her own vegetables and was …

Kebun Kaki Bukit: Sustainable Farming as a Sustainable Business

Seaweed, egg shells, cow manure, coffee grounds and fish guts: to you and me, it probably doesn’t sound that tasty. Turns out though that fig trees love it – at least, when it’s broken down into a 100 percent organic fertiliser. This is the magic recipe that is driving success at Kebun Kaki Bukit, an organic farm in near Bentong in Pahang, about 70 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. The name means “farm at the foot of the hills” in Malay, …

City Farm: Enabling Vertical Farming in KL

City Farm was born out of a mixture of boredom, curiousity and idleness. One of the Kuala Lumpur-based company’s co-founders decided on a whim to buy a grow kit from Amazon; his three university mates promptly followed suit. Jayden Koay, Looi Choon Beng, Low Cheng Yang and Johanson Chew had no background in agriculture, and almost no knowledge. But armed with their grow kits, they were soon addicted to hydroponics. “There was this ‘wow’ factor to urban farming when we bought …

Malaysia’s Free-Range Chicken Pioneer: DQ Clean Chicken

  Norhana Pettire had no idea that a hunt for organic durians in Bentong would end with her managing a free-range chicken farm. Norhana, who is better known as Anna, had heard some organic durians were available in Bentong, Pahang. So, one day in the late 90s she set off on the 70-kilometre drive from Kuala Lumpur. She was surprised at how cheap the fruit was – only RM2.50 (SG$0.85) per kilogram – and saw a business opportunity. She cut …