Singapore Goes Green
A unique urban farming project thrives in the heart of Singapore.
Richard Koh considers photography a mystical art where “one harvests light from above”. Since leaving a career in engineering research in 2003, his photography has won him multiple awards from the Paris Photo Prize and international Press association, among others. He runs Amaranthine Photos, focusing on documentary and editorial work, including aerial photography.
Allan Lim, 42, is the founder of Comcrop, an urban farm spread across a 6,000-square-foot roof-top on Singapore’s downtown Orchard Road.
Comcrop, a social enterprise, uses “aquaponics” — a system of hydroponics — the process of growing plants in sand, gravel or liquid with the use of nutrients — that uses broken down bio-waste from fish and aims at recreating the ecosystem of a freshwater lake.
The farm’s output includes a range of herbs and vegetables, including basil, peppermint, spearmint, and several varieties of tomatoes.
Allan, who is also CEO and co-founder of Alpha Biofuels, a bio-diesel business, and co-founder of The Living! Project, a collective of artists, social innovators and designers graduated from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University in 1999 with a degree in engineering.
Comcrop’s staff include two young Singaporeans, one a recent graduate and another about to begin her university studies, helped by a group of local senior citizens who help with harvesting and packing.
Text and photographs by Richard Koh
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