Digging Up the Dirt On Sustainable Gardening

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.

Loca­tion:

60 Jalan Pen­jara

Sin­ga­pore 149375

Pock­et Greens

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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.  

Loca­tion:

201 Petir Rd

Sin­ga­pore 670201

Sky Greens

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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!

Loca­tion:

200 Lim Chu Kang Lane 3,

Sin­ga­pore 718804

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! 


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