The Straits Times: Organic gardens set to sprout up

The Straits Times today reported that the first of five community crop (ComCrop) farming spots will be up in Bukit Panjang Park by next year. This wonderful Comcrop initiative is part of The Living Project, a joint venture between Alpha Biofuels and landscaping firm GardenAsia. More details below.

Organic gardens set to sprout up

IN A corner of Bukit Panjang Park, a pocket-size organic garden is taking root.

The plot, the size of a couple of ping-pong tables, is the first of five community crop farming (ComCrop) projects to be set up in the neighbourhood by next year, and the first such neighbourhood project islandwide.

It was launched yesterday by North West District Mayor and Member of Parliament for Bukit Panjang Teo Ho Pin, to teach local community gardeners new farming techniques and boost both community spirit and food security.

Unlike conventional community gardens, which are fenced and locked, the ComCrop garden of lemongrass, pandan and dill is open to the elements, including neighbourhood troops of monkeys.

And it should be open to all comers. That is the vision of The Living Project, a joint venture between Alpha Biofuels and landscaping firm Garden Asia, which started the ComCrop programme early this year.

Any Bukit Panjang resident who wants to take part can sign up with his community club or residents’ committee.

Alpha Biofuels chief executive Allan Lim said one key challenge was persuading community gardeners to work on a shared plot. But they were won over – now, 10 of the 80 resident gardeners in Bukit Panjang will tend the ComCrop plot as well as their own. They will harvest the produce to share with fellow gardeners and neighbours.

The new plot also uses organic compost, made from tonnes of used coffee grounds and brewery hops donated by Starbucks and Brewerkz.

It is built as a ‘keyhole farm’, an enclosed farm with plants at thigh level so elderly residents need not bend down to garden.

Also present at the launch was noted British primatologist and conservation advocate Jane Goodall. She urged people to eat less meat and more organically grown fruit and vegetables.

Dr Teo, meanwhile, encouraged people to use organic compost and cut back on synthetic fertilisers, which can cause pollution.

Image taken from The Straits Times

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One Response to “The Straits Times: Organic gardens set to sprout up”
  1. David Chee says:

    Now there are organic tree planters and veggie planters for high rise building. No need for artificial fertilizer. It convert kitchen green waste into nutrients for the plants. Very little soil required. Cool down building as well as no need for authority’s approval. Anyone can start one. Can also start community group for high rise building, so that they can share fruits and vegetables. Imagine, planting papaya, chiku, guava, etc. in HDB or condo? Yes, you can!

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