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Where you can grow your own food in Singapore

With Singapore's space constraints, green-fingered apartment dwellers and landed property owners aren't always able to carve out enough space to grow all the herbs, flowers and food that they desire. As people become more conscious about Singapore's food security, the healing nature of plants, and the connection between food and health, an increasing number are making a choice to move away from food which has been chemically fertilised, and the interest in growing one's own food is on the rise. My friend and urban farmer, Bjorn Low from Edible Gardens adopts a plot of land at Green Valley Farms, a 2.5 hectare area in Sembawang that has also been adopted by some members of the public. I went to visit Bjorn's plot...

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My favourite TV programmes

My favourite television shows mostly centre around food and nature, and I also enjoy watching comedic programmes, and documentaries on how people live. I find myself becoming more and more of a gardening nerd, one who gets easily excited on the topic of seeds, farming tools and techniques. It was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage that got me on this journey of wanting to live off the land. More than six years on, I'm still a massive fan, and I've found other programmes to get my fix on sustainable living. In the last year, my boyfriend got me onto watching Gardening Australia, which is screened on ABC every Saturday in Australia. When I'm back in Singapore, I watch it online here, and download...

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What a difference a year makes

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When I first got to Moondance, it was full of pretty flowers in bloom, teeming with lots of wildlife, especially birds, but the food garden looked like it had fallen into disrepair, and taken over by all kinds of weeds. It didn’t even have a gate of sorts.

Dan used to have a productive food garden but as a single man, he got busy with his music production business and did what he could with the rest of the house and just let the garden be. We decided that we should move towards living off the land as much as possible and eventually getting off the grid.

We started with one bed before moving to another. Dan’s family friend, Karel helped out a great deal by sifting beds of clumpy soil, and planting several seeds, including chili, radish and carrots. We bought several seedlings, but lost our entire cucumber and kale crop over the summer months to at least one bandicoot. Fortunately some seeds did spill on the ground, so we saved them for the following year’s crop. It was time for Dan to put up a fence, which he did eventually, after much nagging.

A zen nook

This is a must-visit each time I head back to northern NSW. Crystal Castle is a peaceful nook where one can recharge in nature, in the presence of large crystals. Like many places in the Byron shire, Crystal Castle is very conscious about their environmental footprint, where profits of the cafe are invested in sustainable projects. Dan and I love walking in their gardens, sitting on their lawn - either beside their enormous statue of Buddha or the world peace stupa (turning the prayer wheels is a must!), and dining at their cafe, which has yummy gluten-free sweet treats. I especially love walking through their bamboo grove. The world peace stupa was completed by the Gyuto monks in October 2012, and we...

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