Suitable for 4 to 6 years old
When you think of a farm, you might be picturing a big field with lots of fruits or vegetables being grown.
But did you know there are also farms in our city, including one on Orchard Road? Learn more about these urban farms and why they could be Singapore’s answer to securing a stable food supply for us all.
Urban Farming and Community Gardening are not the same!
What are the Different Types of Urban Farming?
Urban Farm in Singapore's Busiest Shopping District
Watch this video to see a rooftop farm in Orchard Road!
- What does an Urban Farmer do on a day-to-day basis?
- What are some of the produce you can grow in an Urban Farm?
- What is the percentage of food in Singapore that comes from local produce?
What do you think is needed to start a Vertical Farm?
Benefits of Vertical Farming
- In a dense city with little land, Vertical Farming makes use of the space that is available.
- 70% to 95% less water is required for Vertical Farming compared to normal farming.
- Unfavourable weather does not affect Vertical Farming. This way, more produce can be harvested.
- No pesticides required! This makes it safe for farmers, consumers as well as the environment.
Urban Farms produce a lot of leafy greens that suit our tastebuds!
Do you know the common names of these vegetables used in markets?
One of the most common plants you can try growing at home is mint. You can use the leaves to make the cooling drink with your family!
- For simple syrup
In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups Water, the sliced Strawberries and Sugar.
- Bring to a boil, stirring until Sugar dissolves.
- Reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add Chopped Mint. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
- Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain syrup to remove mint and berries. Let cool.
- In a pitcher, combine 3 cups Cold Water, the simple syrup, Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice.
- Add Lemon Slices along with additional Strawberry Slices and Mint Leaves.
- Chill up to 4 hours before serving.
Old Manhattan Has Some Farms
Author: Susan Lendroth & Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2017.
Right This Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book About Food and Farming
Author: Lisl H. Detlefsen & Renee Kurilla (Illustrator)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Feeding Minds Press, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, 
Growing Kitchen Scraps
Author: Nur'afifah Binte Mohd Hussain & Shakina Razale (Illustrator)
Singapore : Yaa Bunayya SG, 
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