If that one hour of Earth Hour last month wasn’t enough to convince you on the slow death of the planet, we’ve got a full day dedicated to green causes this month — on 22 April. Yes, that is the day Earth Day falls on, and that’s why we’re starting it with a spectacularly green bang.
The trend of going green — one that we hope sticks — has gone beyond just reusing plastic bags or recycling old newspapers. We’re taking the term ‘going green’ up a notch with a swervy take on farming and gardening that is gaining traction: Urban farming.
Embodying a love for nature and organic food sources, urban farming concepts work towards food sustainability in a metropolitan city like Singapore — think vertical gardens and organic produce. Essentially, it involves the use of resources in a manner that is smart and ecological: chemical-free, sustainable practices, and easy on the environment.
In fact, urban farming has never been so relevant. In this day and age, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is of utmost importance, and it is difficult to discern organic produce from chemically infused ones. Unpredictable weather has also taken a toll on our vegetable supplies; New Year’s Day celebrations early this year were interrupted by unusual surges in the prices of vegetables, courtesy of unusually cold and wet weather killing off crops in neighbouring farmlands.
For your convenience, we’ve got our fingers dirty and dug out the dirt on three urban farms, each of which provides an array of sustainable farming services, from landscaping to crop production to sustainable gardening workshops.
Edible Garden City
A social enterprise championing the grow-your-own-food movement, Edible Garden City is an urban farm first-time farmers ought to get acquainted with. The company comprises of an inclusive team of passionate farmers offering urban farming consultancy services and educational workshops, on top of selling their own produce. Their work can be found across the island, from shopping malls and hotel rooftops, to school campuses and office compounds. They also collaborate with various restaurants, who infuse their fresh produce into dishes and cocktails.
60 Jalan Penjara
The green fingers behind Pocket Greens belong to a passionate gardener, born into a family of dedicated farmers. Eng Ting Ting spent her childhood immersed in organic farming, and spent a lifetime cultivating her skills into adulthood.
The result? Pocket Greens. Established in 2014, Pocket Greens is an organic farm advocating food sustainability. Services provided by pocket greens include project consultancy, instant garden setups, farm tours as well as workshops. It has won the favour of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, and has completed projects for organizations such as the Ministry of Health and educational institutions.
Pocket Greens even provides organic farming materials such as seeds, herbs and farm supplies for sale at its store, Urban Farm & Barn.
201 Petir Rd
This one’s for the busy bees who might struggle to find the time to physically get their fingers dirty. Sky Greens pride themselves on being the innovator and builder of the world’s first low carbon hydraulic water-driven vertical farming system.
Technologically savvy and highly innovative, they champion green urban solutions, constantly reinventing low carbon footprint agri-tech to fulfill food supply security and food safety needs. Sky Greens does all the dirty work for you; they harvest tropical leafy vegetables (while generating minimal waste, of course) in their sophisticated vertical garden. These freshly harvested local favourites are delivered exclusively to Fairprice Finest stores across the island. All you need to do is head to the nearest outlet and taste them for yourselves!
200 Lim Chu Kang Lane 3,
With all this information handy, you’re well on your way to reducing your carbon footprint, whilst enjoying your healthy, fibre-rich diet. As the saying goes, the grass is greener on the other side, and it can’t get any easier making the transition with these eco warriors!