Saturday, April 7, 2012



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 Have a Business Plan: Working from our last few months of seeding, harvesting and sales figures, and factoring in the potential of a half-acre growing space, we estimate that we can generate a modest wage for two people from the cultivation and sale of vegetables and herbs. We will be able to build up to our full production plan within 4 months.

The Context of Our project: We are young farmers in a nation with a food system gravely out of balance. Currently the scale and dominance of industrial agriculture creates harsh economic realities and health problems. The social and environmental implications of these realities are dire. Our food systems are dependent on large corporate interest and are fueled by petrochemicals. We are witnessing the rapid and irreversible erosion of topsoil, pollution of our water sources, and loss of biodiversity.
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.
Help Us Continue to Build Innovative, Collaborative, Local Food Systems! Your support gives us a real shot at establishing a successful urban farm business model. We believe that by engaging with our neighbors and forging positive relationships with chefs, government agencies, and community leaders, we can widen the opportunities in the market economy, allowing for others to follow suit. When we are seasoned urban agriculturalists we will train others to start their own iteration of a collective of farm business. Join us in establishing the path of urban farming as a career! 

Derrick Ng- Urban Farmer and co-founder
A nature lover by heart, Derrick wants to provide an environment for his kids where they can grow up in a farm and be close to nature. His first foray into grow your own vegetable was driven by the realisation of the effects of chemical laden vegetables had on the health of his son, that was when he was determined to take the matters into his own hands. His passion in growing good quality organic vegetables has turned into a mini enterprise supplying vegetables to the residents in his community. Derrick tirelessly tend to his vegetable nurturing each plant with upmost care and love, this is shown in the quality of the vegetables that is harvested week after week.

Bjorn Low- Biodynamic farmer and co-founder
After spending the last half decade working on organic farms around Europe, Bjorn returns to Singapore with a wealth of experience in agriculture. Having lived and worked on community farms in the United Kingdoms, he sees the value and beauty of a system of mutual care, respect and sharing being practiced by members of the community and is constantly being inspired by the energy of these places . After meeting Derrick and hitting it off immediately his dream of building a collective of urban farms in Singapore is slowly becoming a reality. Bjorn holds a diploma in Biodynamic agriculture and strongly believes in a sustainable natural farming system and advocates the use of food as a medicine to heal the body, mind and soul.

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