Where to learn urban farming

CITIZEN FARM

What: Runs one-hour workshops on hydroponics, aquaponics, traditional soil-based farming, mushroom farming and insect farming

Where: 60 Jalan Penjara

Admission: Starts at $35 for a one-hour workshop on building a hydroponic kit from recycled materials

Info: www.citizenfarm.com.sg


CARBON INQ'S CENTRE FOR NATURE LITERACY AND ENTERPRISE

What: Offers a gardeners' workshop series at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

The basic level workshop covers soil science, propagation techniques and plant identification, while the intermediate workshop includes topics on organic pest control, landscaping and the identification of edible weeds. The advanced level covers pruning, composting and mushroom growing.

Each level comprises 12 hours of learning over two Saturdays. It includes both theory and practical. The practical session is held at the permaculture farm at the National University of Singapore, which was developed in partnership with the NUS University Scholars Programme.

Participants get to bring home their own pot of seedlings and other edible plants.

Where: University Scholars Programme at Cinnamon College, University Town, National University of Singapore, 18 College Avenue East

When: Usually held on two consecutive Saturdays, from 9am to noon and 2 to 5pm

Admission: $180 (basic), $240 (intermediate) and $260 (advanced)

Info: There are two basic level classes in November. To register, visit www.cnle.com.sg


THE LIVING CENTRE

What: Conducts six different one-day courses on urban farming. They include courses on basic urban farming skills, as well as growing specific plants, including fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. There is also a course on growing leafy vegetables using hydroponic technology and on soil and composting in urban farming. Participants get to take home seeds, seedlings and other supporting materials.

Where: Various farms, nurseries and parks

When: Usually Saturdays, 9am to 5pm

Admission: $198 to $199 (SkillsFuture Credit claimable)

Info: www.thelivingcentre.sg


THE PLANT STORY

What: Runs an urban farm workshop on the basics of growing edibles, including the lighting and time commitment needed. Participants will go on a guided tour of its healing garden and prepare and take home stem cuttings and a self-germinating seed pot.

Where: The Plant Story, 02-03 Passion WaVe @ Marina Bay, 11 Rhu Cross

When: Daily except Wednesdays and some public holidays; 11am to noon, 2.30 to 3.30pm and 4.30 to 5.30pm

Admission: $80

Info: www.theplantstory.com


HORTPARK

What: Its monthly event, Gardeners' Day Out, offers a variety of fun-filled and interactive gardening-related activities such as a gardeners' market and food bazaar, talks and workshops, including those related to edible farming. For instance, in the session last month, there were talks on aquaponics and growing tomatoes.

Where: 33 Hyderabad Road

When: Every third Saturday of the month, 9am to 3pm

Admission: Free

Info: www.nparks.gov.sg/hortpark


URBAN FARM & BARN

What: Offers public workshops once every three months on various topics, including growing microgreens, vegetables, herbs and spices, gardening basics and creative gardening.

Where: Bukit Panjang Hill

When: Usually Saturdays, 2 to 3.30pm

Admission: Starts at $50 a person

 
 

Info: For updates, go to www.facebook.com/urbanfarmbarn/


GARDENS WITH PURPOSE

What: Offers courses on growing organic vegetables, organic herbs and spices, as well as on flowering plants, making fruit enzyme drinks and herbal tonics.

Where: World Farm Singapore, 15 Bah Soon Pah Road

When: Weekends, 9.30am to 5pm

Admission: $188 a person (SkillsFuture Credit claimable), lunch and a starter kit included. The company also runs a three-day-three-night trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand for participants to learn about organic farming. The fee is $688 a person, excluding air tickets.

Info: www.gardens-with-purpose.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'Where to learn urban farming'. Print Edition | Subscribe