Community spirit sprouts in edibles garden

NParks' initiative to bring nature into homes also helps neighbours to bond

Mr Jack Yam, 49, who runs Facebook group Urban Farmers (Singapore), with neighbours Grace Lin (left), 35, and Deborah Ong, 27. He has been encouraging his neighbours to take up edibles gardening. Close to half a million seed packets have been distrib
Mr Jack Yam, 49, who runs Facebook group Urban Farmers (Singapore), with neighbours Grace Lin (left), 35, and Deborah Ong, 27. He has been encouraging his neighbours to take up edibles gardening. Close to half a million seed packets have been distributed in the Gardening with Edibles initiative.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The eight-week circuit breaker last year spurred many people on a search for hobbies. Among them was Ms Shirley Jin, 54, who was looking for something more to do besides playing Nintendo Switch and exploring home cooking.

The sourcing manager was added to a WeChat gardening group and was drawn to the display of passion among members growing their own fruit and vegetables.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2021, with the headline 'Community spirit sprouts in edibles garden'. Subscribe