Growing old with edible gardens at your doorstep

An artist's impression of a section of Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark.  -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of a section of Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark.  -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of the fourth floor at Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark. -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of the fourth floor at Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark. -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of the deck level at Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark. -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of the deck level at Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark. -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of the aerial view of Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark. -- PHOTO: SPARK
An artist's impression of the aerial view of Homefarm, designed by architecture firm Spark. -- PHOTO: SPARK

SINGAPORE - An architecture firm has come up with a design for vertical vegetable farms, that aims to marry housing for seniors with urban farming.

This concept, called Homefarm, was unveiled by architecture firm Spark yesterday.

It calls for the introduction of aquaponic farming - a system that channels waste produced by fish to plants - and rooftop soil planting to high-rise and high-density housing.

Retirees could earn some money by working part-time at the farm, which would also have aged care facilities at lower levels.

The firm's director, Mr Stephen Pimbley, said the concept tackles two issues - ageing and food security.

He plans to start talks with the relevant authorities about the farm after Chinese New Year in February.

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