Yes, you can grow mint and basil in Singapore.
Thinking of growing your own edible herbs and plants? Find out what the best soil is and learn different gardening techniques at these urban farming workshops in Singapore. You’ll be doing the Earth a favour plus you’ll have more control over what goes onto your plate. Win-win!
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
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)
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
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
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