The concept of farm-to-table has gained traction here where families become more conscious about the foods they eat and keen about doing their part to choose sustainable food options.
To get started, plan a visit to local farms here and learn more about sustainable urban farming. Some farms allow public to volunteer and host educational tours suitable for young children from ages 5 years.
As a family, these trips allow you to learn more about the source of our food and gain an appreciation for how nature provides for our nourishment. Most farms sell a home kit where you can start your own farm at home or buy fresh produce direct from the farms which also supply to local restaurants and businesses here.
Green Circle Eco-Farm
Founders of the Geen Circle Eco-Farm started the organic farm in late 1999 as a continuation of their affinity to nature and conservation activities. The farm practices permaculture and thus shares with nature. For some, it may appear that litter is all over the farm but these efforts encourage reusing everyday items and natural resources. For example, plants are watered using rain water captured by a roof and gutter system that directs to a holding pond.
The farm conducts educational talks and tours around the farm to explain and share more about organic farming. Hands-on activities can be arranged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for queries about tours.
Address: 41 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719028 (Lim Chu Kang)
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)
GUI is a non-profit community that is building Kampung Kampus, a low-carbon footprint community campus on a land plot in Yishun, Singapore. Aside from promoting urban sustainability and nurturing eco-conscious community, GUI runs programmes and workshops that cultivates values such as the spirit of innovation, resilience and grounded leadership.
Check out their calendar for harvest season where you get to help harvest, prepare the land for the next planting and enjoy a meal made with the harvest-of-the-day! Each session is typically about 4 hours and suitable for kids ages 5 and above.
Volunteering with GUI can take place on the land helping to farm, cook and housekeep the area to build up and maintain the space. Or you could choose to get handy and crafty by upcycling materials and help with dismantling wooden pallets and upgrading workshop space.
Address: 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201 (Yishun)
Pioneering Singapore’s urban farming, ComCrop supports urban agriculture by producing fresh herbs and vegetables in Singapore that are grown sustainably without pesticides or herbicides. Interestingly, food are grown on rooftops where communities live and are farmed by people who lived in that neighbourhood. This helps to reduce Food miles and Commute miles.
You can also learn more about urban, sustainable farming with ComCrop hosts free monthly farm tours or volunteer your time to help out with various tasks on their rooftop farms.
Address: Various Locations
Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms (aka Oh’ Farms)
Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms is one of the pioneer hydroponics farms in Singapore. They have built a butterfly lodge and a herb and spices garden which are open to the public for tours too. Oh’ Farms also helps schools incorporate the study of hydroponics from building greenhouses within school compound to designing experiments on life sciences. They have 7 tour programmes which run about an hour per session.
Address: 14A, Bah Soon Pah Road Singapore 769970 (located within Nee Soon Agrotechnology Parks in Mandai)