Urban farms in Singapore
You might not think of our Little Red Dot as suitable for farming at all, but there are actually quite a number of urban farms scattered across our concrete jungle.
Many of these places grow pesticide-free and organic veggies, and some even give tours and workshops so you can learn how their produce is grown. Here are 9 you can visit:
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Urban farms in Singapore1. City Sprouts – Secondary school turned urban farm2. Kin Yan Farm – Largest mushroom & wheatgrass farm in SG3. Artisan Green – Indoor farm using hydroponics4. Bollywood Farms – Garden tours & farm-to-table bistro5. Sky Greens – World’s first low carbon vertical farm with 9m shelves6. Edible Garden City – Gardening courses for seniors7. Hydro Urban – Pesticide-free farming8. Comcrop – Organic rooftop farm9. Quan Fa Organic Farm – Japanese pesticide-free farming techniqueModern farms in Singapore
1. City Sprouts – Secondary school turned urban farm
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City Sprouts is an urban farm that’s built on the bones of Henderson Secondary School. The entire compound holds 38 greenhouses, with a rotating roster of sustainable vendors and local farmers.
The space is used for activities like farmers’ markets, carnivals, and poetry jams. Workshops on terrarium or kokedama – moss ball – making are also offered here, plus you can also sign up for introductory lessons on sustainable practices like composting.
Visit the resident chickens – Henny and Nugget.Image credits: @city_sprouts via Instagram
For kids, City Sprouts organises insect trails, mushroom foraging expeditions, and holiday camps. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for news on upcoming events happening at City Sprouts and their other spaces in Bukit Timah and Punggol.
Address: 102 Henderson Road, Singapore 159562Opening hours: 9am-6pm, DailyContact: 6468 6772 | City Sprouts website
2. Kin Yan Farm – Largest mushroom & wheatgrass farm in SG
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Located in Lim Chu Kang, Kin Yan farmers grow pesticide-free wheatgrass, mushrooms, and even edible cacti and aloe vera. You can find their range of mushrooms and leafy greens at all local supermarkets, but if you’re interested in finding out how they are grown, book a guided farm tour from $15/pax.
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Kin Yan also sells kits for you to try your hand at growing your own pea sprouts, mushrooms, and wheatgrass.
Address: 220 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718830Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily Contact: 6794 8368 | Kin Yan website
3. Artisan Green – Indoor farm using hydroponics
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Artisan Green is housed inside a laboratory, with carefully-monitored temperature conditions and LED light to make sure that its vegetables grow as healthily as possible. Using hydroponics, the veggies are grown in mineralised water instead of soil – the farm actually uses 90% less water than other soil-based farms!
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The farm currently supplies produce to HAO marts and Everyday Vegan Grocer with their pesticide-free baby kale and spinach.
Address: 16 Kallang Place, #04-19/20, Singapore 339156Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)Contact: Artisan Green website
4. Bollywood Farms – Garden tours & farm-to-table bistro
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Started in 2000, the humble Bollywood Farms has since expanded to include a butterfly garden and restaurant where the plants grown there are used in the dishes.
The farm organises activities ranging from family and pet-friendly festivals to workshops that promote eco-friendly farming initiatives. Visitors can also purchase organic produce like eggs, sambals, jams, and chutney here.
You can even pick up some air purifying plants for your own place while you’re here.Image credits: @bollywoodfarms_sg via Instagram
There are even self-guided tours you can take to explore the 10-acre farmland. You can visit their rows and rows of jackfruit and banana trees, and even their concrete pond that rears tilapia for eating at their restaurant.
Image credit: @bollywoodfarms_sg via Instagram
If you want to try your hand at urban farming at home, then make a stop at F.A.I.T.H. (Food Always In The House) Garden. It’s a learning centre that teaches small homeowners about sustainable living, and what herbs and veggies you can grow at home yourself.
Kampong Platter from Poison Ivy bistro.Image credit: @bollywoodfarms_sg via Instagram
When your tummy is rumbling, finish off at the cash-only Poison Ivy Bistro for farm-to-table dining with refreshing homemade desserts like chendol, ice kacang, and other seasonal dishes made with ingredients from their farm.
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026Opening hours: Thu-Fri 10am-3pm | Sat-Sun 7am-4pm (Closed on Mondays-Wednesdays)Contact: 6898 5001 | Bolllywood Farms website
5. Sky Greens – World’s first low carbon vertical farm with 9m shelves
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Sky Greens is aptly named, with shelves of green plants towering at over 9m tall. This high-tech farm is the world’s first low carbon, hydraulic-driven vertical farm, and has won multiple awards.
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The veggies are harvested and delivered daily to supermarkets for maximum freshness – you can pick them up at FairPrice Finest Stores.
Address: 200 Lim Chu Kang Lane 3, Singapore 718804Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm | Sat 8.30am-12pm (Closed on Sundays & PHs)Contact: 6898 4858 | Sky Greens website
6. Edible Garden City – Gardening courses for seniors
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If you don’t have time to do grocery shopping, subscribe to Edible Garden City (EGC)’s Citizen Boxes for $35/week. You’ll get leafy greens, microgreens, mushrooms, and herbs for 3-4 meals per week for 2 people – all from the farm straight to your doorstep.
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You can also hit up one of the 40 restaurants or bars that Edible Garden City supplies to, to get a taste of their fresh produce. The farm also conducts farm tours where you can learn about indoor hydroponics, mushroom cultivation, and even insect farming.
To go more in-depth, take up one of the farm’s private workshops where you’ll be able to have fun with a hands-on farming experience and learn more about sustainability.
EGC supplies to Open Farm Community.Image credit: @openfarmcommunity via Instagram
The farm also works with the Autism Resource Centre and the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore to provide jobs to those with intellectual disabilities.
Address: 60 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149375Contact: Edible Garden City Website
7. Hydro Urban – Pesticide-free farming
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It’s always good to know exactly what goes into the food that you’re eating, and we appreciate that Hydro Urban is so transparent about their farming processes. Only light energy, water, and natural nutrition compounds are used with no pesticides whatsoever.
Image credit: Hydro Urban
You can even order the veggies grown in their high-tech indoor farm and have them delivered directly to your home.
Address: 1 Tampines North Drive 1, Singapore 528559Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am-3pm (Closed on Sundays)Contact: 9228 1298 | Hydro Urban website
8. Comcrop – Organic rooftop farm
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Located in the North, you’ll find Comcrop – Singapore’s only rooftop garden for commercial purposes.
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The organic farm conducts free tours on the first Saturday of every month for members of the public who are curious to learn more about urban farming, including their clever use of space and hydroponics technology. You can check out the Comcrop Facebook page for more updates.
ComCrop’s own Pesto that’s made with hand picked Basil from their own farm.Image credit: ComCrop
You can also purchase the farm’s fresh mint and basil online on Redmart and get their lettuce at FairPrice Finest outlets. The farm sells their flavourful pesto occasionally at various farmer’s markets or via their online forms that make reappearances once in a while. The best part? All their food is free of herbicides, pesticides with no genetically-modified seeds used.
Address: 15 Woodlands Loop, Singapore 738322Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm | Sat 9am-12.30pm (Closed on Sundays)Contact: ComCrop website
9. Quan Fa Organic Farm – Japanese pesticide-free farming technique
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Talk about levelled-up farming: don’t expect any stinky compost or pesticides at Quan Fa Organic Farm – they use a Japanese technique with nutrient-rich organic debris to reduce bug infestations. None of the plants here are genetically modified either.
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Veggies such as Baby Cabbage ($4.20/250g) and a 3kg Organic Box with different regional varieties of leaves, mushrooms and carrots (∼$65) can be ordered online for delivery to your doorstep. Otherwise, you can purchase them straight from the farm itself.
Address: 2G Neo Tiew Lane, Singapore 719095Opening hours: Sat-Sun 9.30am-5pmContact: 9780 8400 | Quan Fa Organic Farm website
(CLOSED) Pacific Agro Farm
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You’ll be amazed by the sheer size of Pacific Agro Farm which grows just about anything, from cherry tomatoes to eggplants to basil. Drop by anytime to check out the vegetable crops – you can fully explore the place and learn about what goes on behind the scenes.
You can also learn how to make your own hydroponic setup to take home, or create your own potting mix with coffee powder and coconut husk shavings. The farm will always send you home with a box of their cherry tomatoes on the house!
Modern farms in Singapore
The next time you’re strolling down the veggie aisle of the supermarket, look out for the labels on some of the produce – you might just spot a couple of familiar farm names that will reassure you of the quality of your food. Plus, you’ll also be supporting local farmers at the same time!
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Originally published on 8th August 2019. Last updated by Nicholas Ong on 2nd November 2023.Cover images adapted from: @hydrourbansg, @city_sprouts & @kinyan_agrotech via Instagram