The urban gardening movement is really growing (haha) in Singapore, and it’s really easier than you thought to be a part of it.
As sustainable living in Singapore finally becomes more widespread, we’re living all the new ways to wine and dine sustainably, shop ethically… and yes we’ve been dabbling in the urban gardening movement. What’s not to love about fresh produce that’s grown locally?
Edible Garden City
They’ve played a big part in raising awareness on sustainable urban gardening and farming in Singapore and their work have seen ornamental gardens transform into beautiful and productive ones full of food, ordinary lawns and into flourishing food forests, and barren rooftops into lush herb and vegetable farms. They also work with many cafes, restaurants and companies to bring locally grown produce onto your plate, including the lush Open Farm Community.
Edible Garden City, various locations
Sitting atop the *SCAPE building in Orchard Road is the sustainable and efficient aquaponics farm, Comcrop where you’ll find rows and rows of basil, leafy greens, mint, and more which go to supplying hotels and restaurant chains – a change from the ‘youth-centric’ activities going on in the building! They also bottle their own pesto, which we have to say is pretty delicious.
Comcrop, *SCAPE, 04-01, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Citizen Farm (an Edible Garden City initiative) is a neighbourhood collective and a community of farmers with different systems of growing, all working for the good of the community and beyond. Celebrating sustainable living in all aspects, it provides local, fresh, tasty and nutritious produce for businesses and individuals, provides employment and income to people who have diverse abilities as well as the socially disadvantaged.
Citizen Farm, 60 Jln Penjara, Singapore 149375
The Good Garden
They say start ‘em young! The Good Garden is a children’s urban food garden initiative by Cultivate Central for The Artground (the super cool art space for kids 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, The Good Garden will engage kids in different approaches, from science to art and design to discover inspiration from nature – and learn its patterns and resilience.
The Good Garden, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block J #01-40, Singapore 439053
Quan Fa Organic Farm
Avoiding pesticides, chemicals and harmful fertilisers altogether, Quan Fa farms all sorts of fruits and vegetables including pumpkins and bananas, Quan Fa 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. Want to see some urban gardening and farming in action? You can drop by anytime to the Lim Chu Kang farm for a visit and guided tour.
Quan Fa Organic Farm, 35 Murai Farmway, Singapore 709145
Not only does Bollywood Veggies supply local produce grown using organic farming methods, but they also offer you the chance to explore a real-life working farm run by a couple of colourful Singapore identities, including the outspoken Ivy Singh-Lim. There’s also potting classes, yoga in nature, and the café Poison Ivy to check out. Who says there aren’t any real countrysides in Singapore?
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
Part of a Christian ministry, Onesimus Gardens is also an urban farm which produces vegetables like kailan, lettuce and mint. It’s also a place where young people with special needs are given opportunities to work on the farm. The produce is sold to shops and restaurants – and you can subscribe to their vegetable boxes too for $350 a month for 12kg of the good stuff.
Onesimus Garden, 40 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719027
Home DIY urban gardens
What’s that smug look on our editor Selina’s face? She’s been growing a mountain of kale, mint and enormous cucumbers from her balcony with her Aerospring, and she’s been a notorious plant killer for most of her life. Let’s take a moment to bow down to this local invention by Thorben and Nadine Linneberg: the Aerospring is a vertical balcony garden that can produce your own crop of lush leafy greens, herbs and vegetables using an aeroponic system. You’ll need a sunny spot for it to thrive, but a genius indoor system has just been announced. Follow Aerospring on Facebook to catch Thorben and Nadine at an upcoming market, or visit their store to check it out. You know you want smug salads made from your home-grown kale and cherry tomatoes too.
Aerospring Gardens, sets start from $680
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 would be perfect. Urban gardening made easy, anyone can get on this.
Click and Grow, sets start from $129
NONG by Edible Garden City
Where do you start? How do you start? If you’re absolutely clueless about urban gardening or DIY farming, NONG by Edible Garden City will provide you with all the knowledge, tools, seeds and also services you need to get a kickstart on the movement. They regularly have workshops on composting, edible garden basics and more.
NONG by Edible Garden City, 33 Hyderabad Rd, Beside the Lawn, Singapore 119578