The urban gardening movement has been growing (pun intended) in Singapore. Here's how to get on board...
Let’s talk about sustainable living. We’re all about dining with a sustainable slant, stocking up on groceries at zero-waste stores, and conscious, ethical shopping. Plus, the urban farming scene in Singapore is blossoming more than ever. Because what’s not to love about produce that’s grown locally? Read on to find out where to get your hands on fresh veggies and how to start your own gardening adventure.
Urban farming in Singapore: Where to buy greens and gardening kits
1. Edible Garden City
These folks have played a big part in raising awareness on sustainable urban gardening and farming in Singapore. Their work has seen beautiful gardens grow lush crops and empty rooftops house blossoming veggie and herb farms. Plus, they partner with restaurants like Open Farm Community to bring fresh produce to your plate. Check out their virtual programmes and dive into the world of edible gardens with interactive farm tours, gardening workshops and team-bonding sessions.
Edible Garden City, multiple locations including Funan and Jalan Penjara
2. Hydro Urban
We’re impressed with Hydro Urban’s transparency in its farming processes. Grown in a controlled indoor vertical farm, the vegetables are maintained with less water and energy for more produce. Here’s where you can purchase fresh, hand-packed veggie bundles at affordable prices. Oh, and check out its recipe blog on tasty and healthy dishes to make with the greens you buy.
Hydro Urban, #06-08, 1 Tampines North Drive 1, Singapore 528559
3. Sky Greens
As its moniker suggests, the high-tech farm grows greens on shelves of up to nine metres. They’re delivered to supermarkets like NTUC FairPrice, so you can have access to fresh veggies with a low carbon footprint and longer shelf-life. The biz also organises 60-minute farm tours if you’re keen on learning about the history of agriculture and the future of farming.
Sky Greens, 200 Lim Chu Kang Lane 3, Singapore 718804
Sitting atop a rooftop in Woodlands is Comcrop, Singapore’s first in commercial rooftop farming. Here’s where you’ll find rows and rows of basil, leafy greens, mint, and more. Pesticide-free herbs and veggies grown in Singapore – what’s not to love? Oh, and the team also bottles their own pesto, which we have to say is pretty delicious.
Comcrop, 15 Woodlands Loop, Singapore 738322
5. Citizen Box
Citizen Box (an Edible Garden City initiative) is a community of farmers with different systems of growing for the good of the community. It’s all about sustainable living, offering local, fresh, tasty and nutritious produce. We also love how it provides employment and income opportunities to individuals who have diverse abilities as well as the socially disadvantaged.
Citizen Box, 60 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149375
6. Bollywood Veggies
Not only does Bollywood Veggies supply local produce grown using organic farming methods, but it also offers you the chance to explore a real-life working farm. Its Poison Ivy cafe is a must-try for a rustic weekend lunch before you stroll around the gorgeous rows of greens. Who says we don’t have any real countryside action in Singapore?
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
7. The Good Garden
Start ‘em young! The Good Garden is a kids’ urban food garden initiative by Cultivate Central for The Artground (the super cool art space for little ones at Goodman Arts Centre). There’s a worm farm and composting system, upcycled flower pots, a terrace garden, vertical ecosystems, an urban gardening shop, a food garden and more. Beyond urban gardening, it also engages kids in science, art and design to get inspiration from nature.
The Good Garden, #01-40, Block J, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
8. Quan Fa Organic Farm
Avoiding pesticides, chemicals and harmful fertilisers, Quan Fa farms all sorts of fruits and vegetables including pumpkins and bananas. It uses a compost system originating from a unique Japanese technique. Order online or find its produce at loads of supermarkets, from Marketplace to Sheng Siong and Ang Mo Kio Food Centre.
Quan Fa Organic Farm, available online and at multiple locations
9. The Green Capsule
Founded by two green enthusiasts, The Green Capsule has a range of DIY terrariums and green walls along with other plants. This is your one-stop destination for all gardening needs. We’ve got our eyes on the open succulent terrarium DIY kit, which provides you with all the bells and whistles plus a detailed instruction guide. You can also find several workshops and plant gift options here!
The Green Capsule, available online
10. Super Farmers
Grow your urban green thumb with urban farming kits. Each comes with organic soil, simple-to-grow seed sticks and a guide. The brand also suggests which ones are suitable for what types of interests, which is helpful for beginners. To nurture your own garden, check out the selection of kits that come with a combination of kang kong, chye sim, Chinese kale and more.
Super Farmers, available online
11. Aerospring Hydroponics
Let’s take a moment to bow down to this invention for a fresh harvest at home. It’s a vertical balcony garden that produces a crop of lush leaves, herbs and vegetables using a hydroponic system. You’ll need a sunny spot for it to thrive and grow abundant greens. Home-grown kale and cherry tomatoes, anyone?
Aerospring Hydroponics, available online
12. Click and Grow
Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb. These wonderful inventions do most of the work for you, even providing “sunlight” if you live in an apartment with no balcony. Choose from a portable smart garden that lets you grow up to nine plants at the same time. Or, if you have the luxury of more space, the wall farm is perfect. Anyone can get in on this – it’s urban gardening made easy.
Click and Grow, available online
With these urban farming veggies and gardening kits in Singapore, a sustainable lifestyle isn’t too hard!