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Breaking new ground in farming

Founders of urban farm aim to spread rooftop greenhouse concept to buildings islandwide

Social enterprise Comcrop uses "marginalised land", which is land traditionally not used for farming, for commercial farming. Its co-owners started Singapore's first rooftop farm at *Scape Orchard in 2014.
Comcrop founders Allan Lim (left) and Peter Barber at their rooftop greenhouse on a Woodlands industrial building, where they grow a variety of lettuce as well as Asian greens such as chye sim and pak choy.
Comcrop founders Allan Lim (left) and Peter Barber at their rooftop greenhouse on a Woodlands industrial building, where they grow a variety of lettuce as well as Asian greens such as chye sim and pak choy.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Once a dreary-looking rooftop carpark on a Woodlands industrial building, it is now a verdant oasis that yields 1,000 fresh vegetable plants daily, for a start.

The men behind the eight-month-old, 800 sq m greenhouse, Comcrop partners Allan Lim and Peter Barber, have ambitious plans to extend the rooftop greenhouse concept to buildings islandwide.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 12, 2019, with the headline 'Breaking new ground in farming '. Print Edition | Subscribe