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Malaysia: Starting a farming community in the city one plot at a time

Patie Tan and her daughter Nicole Yap at The Pharm Hut. — Pictures by K.E. Ooi

Tan stumbled upon urban farming when she first started eating healthily and grew her first local herb, pegaga, which is also known as Indian Pennywort last year.

By Opalyn Mok
Malay Online
Sept 22, 2017


Growing your own vegetables used to be quite common some 40 years ago with every other family growing their own chillies, pandan and even bunga kantan but that vanished when people moved to smaller homes with stamp-size gardens or apartments with non-existent gardens.

Today though some of these apartment dwellers are finding it is possible to cultivate balcony gardens.

Patie Tan started growing her own vegetable and herbs on the balcony of her apartment last year but found it was not enough. That’s when she started looking for larger spaces.

She started The Pharm Hut a few months ago and today, she has two plots of edible gardens at Hin Bus Depot, an art and exhibition space.

That’s not all; she has helped two others start their own urban farms, one on the grounds of her low-rise apartment block in town and another at his home in Tanjung Tokong.

Read the complete article here.