Farms may not be a common sight in Singapore, but urban farming has become increasingly popular over recent years for sustainability. Whether you plan to visit to admire the variety of plants or want to grow your own crops yourself, you can do so at the many urban farms around our island. Besides, little ones can also get educated and acquainted to develop their green thumbs!
At City Sprouts, you’ll find yourself surrounded by nature at every turn. Created by passionate planters, the space helps build community spirit through various activities. Sprout Hub, for example, is where kids and adults alike can grow their own crops and vegetables, while there are also workshops to make terrariums and mini gardens. Besides greenery, you can also exercise here and fill your tummies at the food space!
City Sprouts, 102 Henderson Rd, Singapore 159562, +65 6488 6772, www.gwslivingart.com/citysprout
Edible Garden City not only builds gardens around Singapore, but they also organize workshops for students and groups to learn more about agriculture and sustainable gardening. They even have an engaging half-day program for children to discover everything there is to learn about gardening! Adults can also join weekend workshops to learn more about things like organic farming and kombucha making. To practise at home, why not buy one of the three types of grow kits available for your home too?
Edible Garden City, 60 Jln Penjara, Singapore 149375, +65 8817 4054, www.ediblegardencity.com
ComCrop is one of the leaders for urban farming in Singapore, with the aim of sustainable living in mind. All the harvest at their rooftop gardens are pesticide-free, and are distributed as supplies to many food outlets in Singapore. They also give back to society by employing senior citizens and those from marginalized communities for their activities. To find out more, keep a lookout on their Facebook page for their free monthly farm tours or you can volunteer your services to help out!
ComCrop, 15 Woodlands Loop, Singapore 738322, comcrop.com
Bollywood Veggies isn’t just a garden to explore, but it’s also a restaurant, retail space and museum all into one! Dine at Poison Ivy Bistro where ingredients used are grown fresh direct from the farm next door, or shop at the Earth Shop for produce including fruits and vegetables. Besides these, families can join in tours and activities like a composting workshop to minimize waste, a culinary class, and a kids camp where little ones will plant their own crops and make farm-to-table pizza.
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719026, +65 6898 5001, bollywoodveggies.com.sg
Singapore has limited land, but Sky Greens solves that issue by growing plants upwards. Called vertical farming, the urban farm ensures the use of minimal resources for sustainable living. Many vegetables are grown here and freshly supplied to supermarket chain Fairprice Finest too – including Lettuce, Kang Kong and Spinach. Stay tuned to their website to see when an interactive farm tour is available, where there will be discussion groups and educational lessons organized.
Sky Greens, 200 Lim Chu Kang Lane 3, Singapore 718804, +65 6898 4858, www.skygreens.com
Urban Farm and Barn is suitable for gardening beginners and kids as well. Not only can they offer advice for you to create your own garden at home, but they can also allow you to adopt patches of land in their space and help grow the plants for you! There is also an eco pond and a shop to get all your planting needs, like seeds, growing kits and gardening tools.
Urban Farm & Barn, 201 Petir Rd, Singapore 670201, www.pocketgreens.com.sg/urban-farm--barn
For healthy, 100% pesticide-free vegetables, Hydro Urban guarantees that with their indoor farm. Their harvest are all grown organically in-house and sold online. Choose from products like Kale, Mutard Leaves and Rocket Leaves – all the ingredients you need for a healthy salad. They even have their kale-based gyoza dumplings for SG$8.50 that’s worth a try. Delivery is free for orders above SG$25 too, so get shopping!
Hydro Urban, 55 Ubi Ave 1, #03-09, Singapore 408935, +65 9228 1298, www.hydrourban.com.sg
Artisan Green is another such urban farm, where produce are harvested fresh and under controlled conditions to ensure that they are 100% healthy. They also use hydroponics to grow their veggies in mineralized water, which is more environmentally-friendly! Besides helping to save land space and providing locally-grown food to retailers, their team of experts can also answer any queries you may have on their website.
Artisan Green, 16 Kallang Pl, #04-19/20, Singapore 339156, artisan.green/index.html
Citiponics houses one of the few vertical farms in Singapore at Ang Mo Kio, built on a carpark rooftop! It’s free for the public to visit, and they also hold educational programs for students to learn more about green technology. The next time you’re in the area, take the opportunity to bring the family to not only get a breath of fresh air being surrounded by greenery, but marvel at how this unique sustainable farming method works too.
Citiponics, 700 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Multi-Storey Carpark, Level 6, Singapore 560700, +65 6777 0520, www.citiponics.com
The next time you shop at Funan Mall, pay a visit to the garden rooftop. It’s a free-viewing urban farm with vegetables and herbs being grown right before your very eyes. Created by Edible Garden City, the space will educate kids and adults alike on farming techniques, as well as share more information on different types of crops. You can also sit and chill in the area, or dine at the restaurant Noka!
Urban Farm @ Funan, Funan Mall, 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105
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