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Local Farms

Urban Hijau: On a Mission to Meet the City Gardener’s Needs

Impatient for your next crop of brinjal or chilli? Can’t wait for those delicious cherry tomatoes to ripen? Social enterprise Urban Hijau is here to help. It promises to take much of the waiting – if not the work – out of gardening by delivering an “instant” crop of veggies. Urban Hijau does this by preparing seeds for germination and despatches “baby” versions of a chosen vegetable to your home, where they can be placed in gardens or on balconies. …

Eats, Shoots and Roots uses Pop Culture to Jazz Up Urban Gardening in KL

When the team at social enterprise Eats, Shoots and Roots were brainstorming names for their urban farming campaign in 2015, they drew inspiration from an unlikely source: long-running American comedy-drama Sex and the City. By opting for Sayur in the City (sayur is the Malay word for “vegetables”), they hoped that the fun and sophistication of the groundbreaking TV series would infuse their farming activities, and encourage more young urban residents of Kuala Lumpur to grow their own veggies. “The campaign …

Urban Farm & Barn: Plots for Rent to Grow Your Own Food

Eco consultancy Pocket Greens has a solution for land-starved apartment dwellers in Singapore with a green thumb. They rent growing trays in an urban vertical farm where you can grow your own greens.

Rooftop Farms? Comcrop Brings Urban Farming to a Higher Level

Comcrop CEO Peter Barber has a lot on his plate. This Easter weekend, on March 31 and April 1, his company is co-organising the 12th Kranji Countryside Association Farmers’ Market, the largest farmers’ market in Singapore. Comcrop will also soon launch a new farm in Woodlands that is five times larger than its current premises in the bustling Orchard Road shopping district. Barber, who has lived in Singapore for 25 years, juggles running the urban farm with looking after his two school-age …

Edible Garden City: Urban Farming for the Masses

Bjorn Low, the soft-spoken founder of grow-your-own-food outfit Edible Garden City, sits me in a patio surrounded by an extensive garden. There, the 36-year-old Low grows a wide variety of plants native to the region and well-suited to Singapore’s oppressive humidity. We are at Citizen Farm, Edible Garden City’s urban farming division. Citizen Farm is housed in an 8,000 square metre plot of land off Jalan Penjara in Queenstown, a mature housing estate with many high-rise residential developments and located …

Shining light on the Farm-to-Table movement

When you run out of food at home, where do you go to stock up? Chances are it’ll be the supermarket, grocery or – for the more adventurous – a local market. But thanks to some enterprising farmers, there’s now another option: “farm-to-table” subscriptions that deliver leafy greens, milk – even barramundi – direct to your home for as little as SG$35 a fortnight. The rise of farm-to-table subscriptions has meant that super-fresh produce is no longer the preserve of …