Edible “Garden City” Project Singapore
I can’t wait to be involved with this! So exciting to know there is something like this going on in Singapore. Since we finished our Permaculture Design Course in January I have been hanging to get my hands dirty again .. literally! And this is just the perfect way to do it with amazing like minded Farmer Joes! Please take a minute to read what this awesome team is about and if you can help them in anyway you can reach them on Facebook.
About the Edible “Garden City” Project
We’re a team of young and aspiring Singaporeans who are searching for a way to address our food security issue. Our project is located in tropical Singapore where 5 million people live somewhat harmoniously together on a 699 sq km space. We import 93% of our food from our gracious neighbours while we try to grow 7% of it locally. As you can imagine we are not in a very favourable position and the edible garden city project seek to change some of that. We are motivated by the belief that urban farming should be a common and accessible livelihood in land scare Singapore and hope to encourage dialogue about the role of agriculture and labor in our culture and to strengthen a movement towards the re-valuation of agriculture, the true value of food and the power of the community.
Our History: For the last few months we have been steadily building a small farm in Tampinese a small space of 40 square meters, where we grow Chinese greens, and medicinal herbs. We sell weekly to the community and to visitors that have come from all around the island to partake in our organically grown vegetables. We also host tours, discussions, and workshops about our urban food system. Our farm is centred on a community of 2000 residents; We try and support the terminally ill and socially disadvantaged residents by providing them with free herbs and vegetables. Currently, we are running our farm and educating community member while also holding down our paid jobs elsewhere.
How You Can Help Answer our Question: Now we want to expand! In order to truly gauge the potential of a successful urban farming operation we need to cultivate a larger land area and commit ourselves to the pursuit full time. We aspire not only to manage and expand our urban farming operation, but also to keep detailed, transparent records of our budgeting and our process. In doing so, we will contribute concrete information to the local, national, and global dialogue about growing food in cities. We are currently in search of vacant land around the city to realise this.
We need to get creative. We need more small farms, both urban and rural, in order to regenerate healthy local economies. That’s why we are working towards an urban farming business model that makes up for its small scale by recycling urban resources, eliminating transportation costs, and enlivening new forms of community support. We are applying our creativity, determination, and hard work towards a re-visioning of our food system.
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