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Malaysia: ‘Feed Our Loved Ones’ to revolutionize urban farming

FOLO Farms began converting the food waste into compost to grow organic vegetables

By Billy Toh
The Edge Markets
May 08, 2017
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“We have been recovering food waste and farming for two years now. We are slowly but surely proving that it is possible to grow our own healthy food for our loved ones, families and friends (80 families now, in fact), powered by food waste that we recover from the city. We see an opportunity to go from an urban farm to inspiring an urban farm movement — we want to work with farmers, developers, the public sector, waste management companies, schools and so on to bring this to every Taman, every city in Malaysia,” Chua says.

The start-up has three farms in Johor Baru. The first is a 0.5-acre farm at Kempas, which is open to the public. It even has a café. The second at Ban Foo, which is the main production farm, measures six acres and houses the composting facility, and there is another five-acre piece of land at Kukup.

According to Chua, FOLO Farms feeds about 80 families, with about 10 living in Singapore, which would have translated into about RM500,000 in revenue for the year. What is even more surprising, is that there are currently about 300 families on the waiting list.

It does not sell its organic vegetables in supermarkets, members pay for a 24-week share and come by the farm every Saturday to pick up their harvest for the week.

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