Bjorn Low – Singapore Urban Farmer
Founder of Edible Gardens, he hopes to help everyone in Singapore understand the importance of food growing.
He dreams of building a collective of urban farms in Singapore
Green Drinks Singapore
June 20, 2012
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 scarce Singapore and hope to encourage dialogue about the role of agriculture and labour 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 full time and are trying to survive on what little we have.