There’s a revolution happening in Singapore, but you won’t see it from the ground level. The action is high up on the rooftops of the steel and glass towers that define the bustling city’s skyline.
There may be more skyscrapers than land available in the city-state, yet that won’t pose a problem. For that is exactly where Allan Lim, and a new crop of urban farmers, intend to sow the field of their dreams.
‘Growing Roots’ explores why locals are embracing their green fingers, white collar aspirations be damned.
#1 – AN ISLAND OF FOODIES WITH NO FOOD
Singapore imports over 90% of its food. In a country where eating is a national pastime, that’s a lot of consumption without any real production!
Urban farming addresses the issue of increasing Singapore’s self-reliance and decreasing their carbon footprint. The farm-to-table concept is especially vital for restaurateurs such as Ryan Clift of Tippling Club, who seeks the freshest ingredients in his dishes.
#2 – THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S FARM
While there may be a lack of open spaces, luckily there is no shortage in ingenuity. Allan Lim runs Comcorp, Singapore’s first urban rooftop farm, right in the heart of Singapore’s famed shopping strip, Orchard Road.
The engineer-turned-farmer applies self-sustaining methods without any use of pesticides to ensure the best harvest. His vertical green racks are proof of what happens when science meets agriculture.
#3 – CREATING PRODUCE, HARVESTING COMMUNITY
In Punggol, a community garden has breathed new life into the local community, bringing neighbours both young and old together. Some residents have even gone on to create a corridor farm in the narrow aisles of public flats, adding colour to the typically staid housing blocks.
Hotels like Marina Bay Sands are also getting in on the action, sharing their waste management knowledge to improve farming techniques.
Learn more about Allan Lim and his fellow farmers Bjorn Low, Donald Tan on seeding Singapore’s future.
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