Citizen Farm

Edible Garden City’s Citizen Farm aims to feed the community with sustainable, safe, and locally-grown food. Our model adopts different farming systems to grow high quality produce with minimal waste.

By

Edible Garden City Pte Ltd

This is member exclusive
content. Click here to unlock

Social causes

Beneficiaries

SDGs covered

Endorsed by

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Established in 1981 by Bill Drayton, Ashoka is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs.

Market of Implementation

  • Singapore

Problem

Singapore is a small nation state with limited natural resources, hence limited abilities to grow crops in the traditional way. More than 90% of the food in Singapore is imported. In a bid to find a solution to Singapore’s food security issue, Edible Garden City launched Singapore’s first closed-loop farm, Citizen Farm, in June 2017. We also have two production farms on rooftops of shopping malls, situated right in the centre of the city. Unlike traditional farms, our agricultural by-products are composted and upcycled into fertilizer, which goes back into nourishing the soil and plants. In Singapore, food waste makes up about 10% of the total waste generated, but only 16% of this food waste is recycled.

Solution

We activate under-utilised spaces within densely-built up Singapore into productive land. Edible Garden City has built 200 edible gardens within schools, malls, offices and homes, empowering city dwellers to grow their own food, and encouraging them to get connected with nature. We have two productive rooftop gardens at Funan and Raffles City, where the crops are harvested for restaurants and customers of our subscription vegetable box. We adopt a minimal waste farming model, with three types of composting used in our farming process – vermicomposting, hot composting and black soldier fly composting (with partner Insectta). This helps us to recycle organic and food waste into fertiliser that we use in all our gardens. We also take in other materials like coffee grounds and cocoa husks to use in our gardens as mulch. We try our best to recycle water. At our Funan farm, fish water is used to water hydroponic walls, and then the garden beds. Automated irrigation with special fittings according to plant type also helps to reduce water usage. Interplanting and multi-cropping help us to eliminate the use of chemical fertilisers in our garden beds, as nutrients are naturally amended into the soil.

Unlock this content

This is member exclusive content. Join us as an AVPN member and unlock more insightful content

Stay updated. Sign up for the #1 newsletter on social investment in Asia.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

©2021 Asian Venture Philanthropy Network | AVPN is registered in Singapore as a charity (UEN 201016116M)