March 27, 2020

Urban farming in Singapore

urban farms in singapore scape Image adapted from: @comcropsg, @comcropsg

You might not think of our little red dot as suitable for farming at all, but there are actually quite a number of urban farms scattered across our concrete jungle. Many of these places grow pesticide-free and organic veggies, and some even give tours and workshops so you can learn how their produce is grown.

1. Artisan Green – indoor farm using hydroponics

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Artisan Green is housed inside a laboratory, with carefully-monitored temperature conditions and LED light to make sure that its vegetables grow as healthily as possible. Using hydroponics, the veggies are grown in mineralised water instead of soil – the farm actually uses 90% less water than other soil-based farms!

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The farm currently sells pesticide-free baby spinach at farmer’s markets and also plans to sell on other platforms in time to come.

Address: 16 Kallang Place, #04-19/20, Singapore 339156
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM

2. Pacific Agro Farm – tours from just $5

pacific agro farm singapore Image credit: @pacificagrofarm

You’ll be amazed by the sheer size of Pacific Agro Farm which grows just about anything, from cherry tomatoes to eggplants to basil. Drop by anytime to check out the vegetable crops – farm tours are available from $5 for 30-45 minutes so you can fully explore the place and learn about what goes on behind the scenes.

pacific agro farm singapore Image credit: @pacificagrofarm

Sign up for their workshops where you can learn how to make your own hydroponic setup to take home, or create your own potting mix with coffee powder and coconut husk shavings. The farm will always send you home with a box of their cherry tomatoes on the house!

pacific agro farm singapore Image credit: @pacificagrofarm

If you can’t find the time to head down, you can still purchase their Cherry Tomatoes and Red Grape Tomatoes ($3.50) from their website. Compost or potting mixtures ($2-$3) can also be ordered online.

pacific agro farm singapore Image credit: @pacificagrofarm

Address: 14 Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769961
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM
Telephone: 6758 1026

3. Bollywood Veggies – with culinary school, museum and farm-to-table bistro

bollywood veggies Image credit: @lengleng_gan

Started in 2000, the humble Bollywood Veggies has since expanded to include a culinary school, museum and restaurant where the plants grown there are used in the dishes.

bollywood veggies planting rice Harvesting rice
Image credit: Bollywood Veggies

Wander around and check out the hundreds of edible plants in the farm such as sweet potato, tapioca and pumpkin. You can even try planting rice with their Plant the Paddy activity or attend a Talk with the Medicine Woman where you can learn about different medicinal plants with healing properties. Check out their full list of activities here.

bollywood veggies Image credit: @jorgdietzel

poison ivy bistro bollywood veggies Dishes from Poison Ivy bistro
Image credit: @sgbabycne

When your tummy is rumbling, finish off at Poison Ivy Bistro for farm-to-table dining with nasi lemak, hand-made desserts and fresh bread with herbs from the garden.

Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 8AM-5.30PM | Sat-Sun 8AM-6.30PM
Telephone: 6898 5001

4. Sky Greens – world’s first low carbon vertical farm with 9m shelves

sky greens singapore Image credit: @consciouscookieee

Sky Greens is aptly named, with shelves of green plants towering at over 9 meters tall. This high-tech farm is the world’s first low carbon, hydraulic-driven vertical farm, and has won multiple awards.

sky green veggies Image credit: @diediewilltry

The veggies are harvested and delivered daily to supermarkets for maximum freshness – you can pick them up at Fairprice Finest Stores.

sky greens singapore Image credit: @ratih_kd13

Address: 200 Lim Chu Kang Lane 3, Singapore 718804
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30AM-5PM | Sat 8.30AM-12PM
Telephone: 6898 4858

5. Citizen Farm – hires those with intellectual disabilities

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If you don’t have time to do grocery shopping, Subscribe to Citizen Farm’s Citizen Boxes for $35/week, and get leafy greens, microgreens, mushrooms and herbs for 3-4 meals per week for 2 people – all from the farm straight to your doorstep.

citizen farm singapore A Christmas edition of the Citizen Farm basket with moringa basil pesto, garlic tarragon butter, fennel thyme salt and blue pea tea
Image credit: @citizenfarmsg

You can also hit up one of the 40 restaurants or bars that Citizen Farm supplies to, to get a taste of their fresh produce. The farm also conducts farm tours where you can learn about the indoor hydroponics, mushroom cultivation and even insect farming. To go more in-depth, take up one of the farm’s private workshops where you’ll be able to have fun with a hands-on farming experience and learn more about sustainability.

open farm community dish From Open Farm Community, one of the restaurants that Citizen Farm supplies to
Image credit: @openfarmcommunity

The farm works with the Autism Resource Centre and the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore to provide jobs to those with intellectual disabilities.

rooster citizen farm Popeyes Ayam Chua, the head rooster and de facto king of Citizen Farm
Image credit: @citizenfarmsg

Address: 60 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149375
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM

6. Hydro Urban – pesticide-free farming

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It’s always good to know exactly what goes into the food that you’re eating, and we appreciate that Hydro Urban is so transparent about their farming processes. Only light energy, water and natural nutrition compounds are used with no pesticides whatsoever.

hydro urban farm veggies singapore Image credit: Hydro Urban

You can buy their veggies such as Mixed Salad Greens ($4) and Red Vein Baby Spinach ($4.50) online. All the greens are reasonably priced at $5 and below. They even have recipes that you can follow using the veggies, such as BLT Chopped Salad with Avocado or the Korean Spinach Side Dish. Yum!

Address: 55 Ubi Ave 1, #03-09, Singapore 408935
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30AM-5.30PM | Sat 8.30AM-12.30PM
Telephone: 9228 1298

7. Urban Farm and Barn – adopt plots of land as your own

urban farm and barnImage credit: @homeplayschool

Urban Farm and Barn is a great place to go to if you’re looking to start gardening, as they provide consultancy on creating a garden space in your home regardless of size. If your schedule is too crammed for you to do the gardening yourself, adopt a plot and let the farmers there help provide the care your plants need.

urban farm and barn singapore Image credit: @joeycraftworkz

Drop by the farm to visit their store for compost, pots, tools and air-purifying plants and succulents.

urban farm and barn singapore Image credit: @urbanfarmandbarn

Address: 201 Petir Road, Singapore 670201
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 8.30AM-11.30AM
Telephone: 88093829

8. Comcrop – organic rooftop farm at *SCAPE

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Orchard Road might be one of the last places where you think you’d find a farm, but that’s exactly where Comcrop is, perched on a rooftop.

comcrop singapore Image credit: @comcropsg

The organic farm conducts free tours on the first Saturday of every month for members of the public who are curious to learn more about urban farming, including their clever use of space and hydroponics technology. You can check out their Facebook page for more updates.

comcrop singapore fresh pesto Image credit: Comcrop

You can also purchase the farm’s fresh mint and basil online on Redmart and get their lettuce at Fairprice Finest outlets. The farm sells their flavourful pesto occasionally at various farmer’s markets or via their online forms that make reappearances once in awhile. The best part? All their food is free of herbicides, pesticides with no genetically-modified seeds used.

Address: #04-01 *Scape, 2 Orchard Link, 237978 (drop them a message on FB a week before you would like to visit)

9. Quan Fa Organic Farm – Japanese pesticide-free farming technique with no GMOs

quan fa organic farm Image credit: @sgyoungfarmers

Talk about levelled-up farming: don’t expect any stinky compost or pesticide at Quan Fa Organic Farm – they use a Japanese technique with nutrient-rich organic debris to reduce bug infestations. None of the plants here are genetically modified either.

quan fa organic farm Image credit: @joeycraft2010

Veggies such as such as Baby Cabbage ($4.30/240g) and a 3kg Organic Box with a mix of leaves, mushrooms and carrots ($35) can be ordered online. Otherwise, you can purchase them straight from the farm itself, or sign up for one of their farm tours (from $10/person).

Address: 35 Murai Farmway, Singapore 709145
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 9.30AM-5PM
Telephone: 6793 7693

Modern farms in Singapore

The next time you’re strolling down the veggie aisle of the supermarket, look out for the labels on some of the produce – you might just spot a couple of familiar farm names that will reassure you of the quality of your food. Plus, you’ll also be supporting local farmers at the same time!

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