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Urban Farm in Affluent Kuala Lumpur Suburb Gets a New Lease on Life

In 2016, the community garden in Kuala Lumpur’s affluent Taman Tun Dr Ismail neighbourhood – or TTDI for short – was facing an uncertain future. Set up three years earlier as the TTDI Edible Project by residents with an interest in growing their own vegetables, many of its original volunteers had since migrated abroad or…

PopTani: Pop-Up Farms for Urbanites

Despite its name, social enterprise Poptani wants pop-up farms in Kuala Lumpur to be more than just short-term ventures. The group was inspired by “pop-up” stores – a method of flash retailing where stores open and then disappear soon after. Poptani member Ashaari Rahmat says they want as many urban farms to “pop up” as…

Little Green Kitchen: Elevating the Art of Vegetarian Food

Some foodies dismiss vegetarian food as uptight, and lacking the taste and textures that can only come from a meat source. For the carnivore, nothing comes close to the sweetness of a fine cut of medium-rare steak, or the hot juicy flavours of chicken wings straight from the fryer. Lawyer-turned-vegetarian chef Shalu Asnani wants to…

Aquaponics for Beginners

Aquaponics has taken off in recent years among farmers seeking to boost their production but the practice has surprisingly ancient roots. Almost 1,000 years ago, Mesoamericans in the Mexico Valley bred fish and grew vegetables using what they referred to as chinampa: small plots of farmland floating on shallow lake beds. Considered the first form of…

Smart Gardens: From Little Things Big Things Grow

Gardeners like to get their hands dirty. All that digging and watering – not to mention the creepy crawlies and cleaning up the soil and mulch afterwards. But what if you don’t like to get dirty? Is it possible to grow fresh herbs and leafy greens in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home –…

Hydroponics for your Home: Aerospring Gardens

In 2016, Thorben and Nadine Linneberg quit their stressful corporate jobs to bring vertical gardens into homes, both big and small. The couple founded Aerospring Gardens, whose flagship product is an automated hydroponic tower with an easy-to-install modular system. Placed in a well-lit and airy balcony and patios, it can grow up to 36 types of…