First vertical farm to train people with mild intellectual disability launched

Purple Cai Xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.
Purple Cai Xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin harvesting the purple cai xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin harvesting the purple cai xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
APSN Centre for Adults (CFA) having the official opening of their centre. with guest-of-honour Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, on July 8, 2016.
APSN Centre for Adults (CFA) having the official opening of their centre. with guest-of-honour Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, on July 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Mr Winston Wong, Vice-President of APSN, at the official opening of APSN Centre for Adults (CFA) on July 8, 2016.
Mr Winston Wong, Vice-President of APSN, at the official opening of APSN Centre for Adults (CFA) on July 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin interacting with Mr Ang Seow Chuan, 43, client of APSN Centre for Adults, on July 8, 2016.
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin interacting with Mr Ang Seow Chuan, 43, client of APSN Centre for Adults, on July 8, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Purple Cai Xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.
Purple Cai Xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Purple Cai Xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.
Purple Cai Xin in the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Mr Tan Guo Xiong (left) and Mr Saw Wei Yuan, both clients of APSN Centre for Adults, inside the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.
Mr Tan Guo Xiong (left) and Mr Saw Wei Yuan, both clients of APSN Centre for Adults, inside the Vertical Farm at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
(From left) Mr Teo Bin Yong, Instructor for APSN Centre for Adults, Ms Low Suet Ying, Baker for APSN Centre for Adults, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, and Mr Goh Rui Xu, Client of APSN Centre for Adults, at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016.
(From left) Mr Teo Bin Yong, Instructor for APSN Centre for Adults, Ms Low Suet Ying, Baker for APSN Centre for Adults, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, and Mr Goh Rui Xu, Client of APSN Centre for Adults, at APSN Centre for Adults on July 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Singapore's first vertical farm used to train people with mild intellectual disability was officially launched on Friday (July 8), at the opening of the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Centre for Adults.

The centre, located at the Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub in Jalan Ubi, provides sheltered workshops and job training for people with mild intellectual disability. It helps them to experience an actual working environment in preparation for employment.

At the vertical farm, clients are taught how to germinate and harvest crops, as well as the mechanics of transplanting, maintenance, soil care and mixing.

Vegetables from successful harvests will be sold and the income generated will be used to fund the running of the centre.

Its first crops were harvested on Friday by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who was the guest-of-honour for the opening.

The refurbished centre has seven training rooms, such as a kitchen and a bakery, that simulate actual work environments, and an occupational therapy room.

A sheltered training room is also provided for clients to perform simpler tasks such as refurbishing spectacles and pasting labels on egg trays.

Said Mr Tan: "The close proximity of all the various VWOs in the Community Hub allows opportunities for them to collaborate and share practices and resources.

"Through these collaborations, everyone within the Hub ... can co-exist and explore areas where they can support each other to serve clients better."