James Grey

Joining the Edible Garden City and helping at their Funan farm.

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I have become a volunteer at the Edible Garden City initiative situated on the top of Funan Shopping Mall in Singapore. My contributions will be maintaining the state of the garden, keeping crops and plants healthy and completing any tasks around the area that require assistance. Furthermore, on Tuesdays and Thursdays a group of mentally handicapped children come in for activities at the farm. During these sessions, I would also be spending time with them supervising and interacting with them.

However, with the new Covid-19 restrictions put in place as of May 8, Edible Garden City contacted me stating that volunteer work would be postponed until clearance is given to resume. I attended an introductory session at the Garden to learn 

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What did you perceive and notice while volunteering?

On the tour and introduction of the farm, I noticed just how many different facets of the farm there were and how they worked together to create such a place. Furthermore, the breadth of the considerations made for choices around the farm really made me aware of the logistics that need to be taken into account with each choice made at the farm.

How do you feel about having been involved in this work?

Though I was unable to start properly, I believe it would have been a great

What do you think and feel about the activity itself?

I think it would have been a great learning experience for a good cause. Gardening can be strenuous work but not anything I would feel is unjustified and exercise is always beneficial.

What did doing this activity mean to you?

I believe it's a worthy cause working towards the integration of food production and nature in general into an urban space that clearly has the capacity to foster substantial output of crops. Doing so not only contributes to the reduction of pollution and integration of farming into the city but promotes sustainability in general.

What value did this activity have?

This activity is a step towards a sustainable urban city. Even if the changes it makes on a grand scale is negligible in terms of the fight against pollution and waste, the initiative is needed to encourage others.

What did you learn from this activity, and how might you use this to apply any lesson to your life more generally?

Always consider the logistics of an ideal you are trying to achieve, it's awareness that allows you to really get there.

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