Bringing farming closer to us; The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has launched nine sites at the rooftops of Housing & Development Board (HDB) multi-storey carparks (MSCP) for rental by public tender. The sites shall be used to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related purposes, such as the packing/storage of produce. Some of you may soon get to enjoy lush views of locally-grown veggies from your HDB flats!
Availing more spaces in land-constrained Singapore for commercial farming, including alternative spaces like HDB MSCP rooftops, is one of the strategies SFA hasbeen undertaking to achieve Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal, which is to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally by 2030. The move is also in line with HDB’s Green Towns Programme to intensify greening in HDB estates.
“We are heartened by the growing interest from both the industry and the public towards urban farming in community spaces, following the launch of our pilot MSCP rooftop farm, Citiponics, in Ang Mo Kio last year,” said Mr Melvin Chow, Senior Directorof SFA’s Food Supply Resilience Division. “Residents in the area have been able toenjoy fresh produce from the farm at nearby supermarkets, and can witness first-hand the hard work involved in bringing our food from farm-to-fork. We hope that consumers will continue to show their appreciation for our local farms by buying their produce.”
Noka, which means farmhouse in Japanese, is Singapore’s first rooftop urban farm & 75-seater Japanese restaurant in the Central Business District.
Sister restaurant to Singapore’s favorite urban farm and restaurant Open Farm Community, Noka is connected to the 5,000+ sq ft rooftop urban farm in partnership with Edible Garden City which grows oyster mushrooms, microgreens, basil, mexican tarragon, butterfly pea flowers, and a lot more. Head Chef Seki Takuma, native of Niigata perfecture, showcases local ingredients by applying Japanese cooking techniques.
The new extension to Barramundi Asia's barramundi nursery was officially unveiled by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, on 27 February.
The nursery is located in the south of Singapore on Pulau Semakau, now has 1,200 sq m more space and the addition of eight giant 50 cubic m tanks.
Barramundi Asia is ramping up production to 6,000 tonnes of fish yearly, which is more than what Singapore's 120 fish farms produced in 2018. This means a more consistent local fish supply and less fluctuations in fish prices throughout the year.
Founded in 2008, Barramundi Asia Pte Ltd (BAPL) is one of the largest companies in the world farming Barramundi in the ocean and draws on world-class sustainable fish farming practices and aquaculture technology. Granted the only two fish farming licenses in the Southern waters of Singapore, BAPL is the largest fish farm in Singapore by biomass. The Company focuses on the full value chain (“Farm-to-Fork”) from the hatchery, nursery, sea cage farm, processing to marketing with its own registered brand Kühlbarra (B2C and B2B) which allows it to capture the full premium value. BAPL’s vision is to become the world’s largest supplier of fresh sustainable Barramundi. BAPL has also developed and wholly owns a vaccines business and production lab, Uvaxx Pte Ltd, which develops and supplies proprietary autogenous vaccines for its own and third-party farm operations.
Borussia Academy, is a new and exciting football program for boys & girls aged between 4 - 18 years and is based at the new state of the art GESS campus at Dairy Farm Road (Bukit Panjang). The Academy is created in partnership with well known Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach and is internationally known for its excellent youth development programs.
The Borussia Academy Singapore is a community program open to the wider public in Singapore. They cater for children of all abilities from beginners to advanced. They also offer multiple training options throughout the week including their specialty goalkeeping and ball mastery programs.
Their players are given the opportunity to compete in the Unity Football League (UFL), in international tournaments, including trips to Germany. The training program is lead by a Head Coach sent from the Borussia Academy in Moenchengladbach, which has been awarded the Certification of Excellence by the German FA. Borussia is famous for conducting one of the best youth development programs in Germany.
German European School Singapore (GESS) is set to move in to a brand new custom built K12 campus on Dairy Farm Road in 2018. The project opens an exciting new chapter in the school’s development as two existing campuses will be consolidated into one purpose-built school with brand new facilities.
With the aim to grow the school community by up to 2,000 new students, construction work on the site commenced on January 15th, 2016. The campus will be ready to move into during the 2018 June/July school holidays in order to operate by August.
The new campus includes important school facilities and spaces that are designed for the mindset of future generations. These include a sports field and hall, swimming pool, music and drama facilities, age and subject-specific classrooms, canteen, specialist rooms, design technology studio, library and an auditorium. Find out more here.
Chef's Table by Chef Stephan which is located at 61 Tras Street is a new dining space that offers the best quality produce, ingredients and gourmet products, cultivated by farmers globally. Here, guests get to savour incredible recipes and taste exceptional wine and spirits passionately bottled by connoisseurs.
Chef's Table aims to create a space that is all about great produce and showcasing the dedication of producers globally – be it a farmer who is driven to work on incredible produce to make a chef’s life easier, a wine maker who has the passion to look after the harvest all year round or a whisky master who has the dedication to let his product evolve over several years till it is finally bottled.
Good food, fine wine and spirits, served in casual ambience that reminds you of home.
Open Farm Community (OFC), an exciting new collaboration between The Spa Esprit Group; celebrity chef, Ryan Clift; and award-winning food garden specialists, Edible Garden City, launches this month on Dempsey Hill.
Sprawling over 35,000 square feet on the edge of Minden Road, this revolutionary experiential space is a green mix of urban farmland right in the heart of Singapore, and a horticultural hub. OFC is established with the goal to help Singaporeans make a deeper and more meaningful connection with food and farming.
OFC is a timely response to increasing disconnect between most urban communities with nature generally, and specifically, with the way we eat – what we eat, and how we eat. Above all, it is a celebration of local farmers, creative chefs, and delicious seasonal fare.
These progressive initiatives will be unveiled in stages, but the DNA is clear. This unique venture is designed to provide families, foodies and gourmets alike with a transformational opportunity to learn about food and the role it should play in a modern eco-system that is saturated with processed ingredients, imported produce, and unsustainable farming practices.
At the core of OFC is an interactive, content-rich programme that explores the communal pleasures of fresh produce, renewable agricultural practices, and an encouragement to actively reflect on food in all its dimensions. Its sprawling outdoor and covered spaces incorporate a coffee bar, fresh juice and cocktail bar, as well as educational breakout spaces alongside group activities such as lawn bowling and table tennis.
Project Açaí is Singapore’s first dedicated açaí superfood café. Serving Sambazon organic açaí, which grows in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest where the berries are hand harvested by local family farmers.
Their bowls are prepared fresh everyday, with a heap of fruits and superfood toppings to complement their açaí smoothie base. They take every care in preparing their açaí bowls as you see them and believe there's some truth in the saying that you eat with your eyes first!
If thirst quenchers are more your thing, enjoy their three power-packed açaí smoothies.
The Projector is a new independent cinema offering a good selection of curated films.
They have got 2 cinema screens; the first one being more formal, the second one introduces a whole new experience through design.
A dynamic alternative to the common cineplex, The Projector revives a historic movie theatre as an independent creative platform that brings together the best of films, one-of-a-kind events, versatile spaces and delectable fare. Brought to life by a collaborative partnership between Pocket Projects, FARM, and Group Therapy, The Projector is not your average cinema.
Legendary Hong Kong is set to blaze a trail where Hong Kong fare in Singapore is concerned. Hiring 8 established chefs in their own speciality from Hong Kong, Legendary Hong Kong is determined to give you the most authentic Hong Kong cuisine you can find on the island.
The restaurant’s unique charm is the 4 narrow entrances that mimic the narrow streets of Hong Kong. The four entrances correspond to each of the sub-themes that make up the restaurant: Roasted Meats, Noodles and Congee, Dim Sum and “Bing Sut”.
In the roasted meats section, you will find the exclusive “London Roast Duck”. Named after the city where people, especially Chinese people from the globe flock to in search of the “best duck in the world” because of its succulent flavor, Legendary Hong Kong has signed an exclusive deal with Silver Hill Farms, a premium duck farm where each duck sold is de-feathered by hand so as to ensure integrity of the quality of meat and no bruising. These ducks are sold to some of the best Chinese restaurants in Europe.
Their determination to provide as authentic an experience for you also extends to their drinks, with their Yin-Yeung Tea.