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Crops in a concrete jungle: Singapore’s rooftop farms

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Tomatillos, also known as husk tomatoes, grow at Comcrop, a rooftop farm located on Singapore’s Orchard Street. Video on news site. (Photo: Elizabeth Weise)

By Elizabeth Weise,
USA TODAY
June 5, 2015

Excerpt:

“The idea is basically using a very confined piece of land that could grow a lot of food and at the same time build a community,” said Allan Lim, 42, CEO and one of the co-founders of Comcrop, an urban farming collective.

The farm is located on a 6,000-square-foot rooftop in a building on Orchard Road, a high-end shopping district sometimes called Singapore’s Rodeo Drive.

“Our object is to testbed and see how much food we can seriously grow on marginalized land,” Lim said.

Comcrop launched in 2011. The setup process was arduous, both to build the farm’s infrastructure and to get official approval. It took nearly two years of bouncing around to “every agency in Singapore,” most of which viewed the idea as alien, Lim said.

When they went to the fire department for a permit, they were asked whether the farm was flammable and how they would contain the flames if it caught fire.

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