When most people think of Singapore, they imagine tall skyscrapers, international business and a buzzing nightlife, but the island’s greatest secret is its oasis of agricultural farms. More than 200 actual working farms sit unobstructed in the northwest corner of Singapore, quietly growing organic fruits and vegetables, raising fish and tending goats for dairy products and meat.
Since most people don’t actually know about these farms, some of the farmers cleverly got together to form the Kranji Countryside, an association whose aim is to raise public awareness about agriculture in Singapore and promote tourism and visitation to the farms themselves.
What’s really cool is that many of the farms have actually opened themselves to the public. A lot of them aren’t just tracts of land growing corn and cabbage, but have visitors’ centers, activities, events, shops and restaurants. Most are extremely family friendly, offering children-specific events, kiddie rides and other promotions targeted toward young people.
Perhaps the best part is that entrance to the agricultural farms is usually free. All you have to do is grab public transport to the farming areas and away you go for an afternoon full of green, luscious goodness! Visiting the agricultural farms is a great way to learn about sustainable farming and farming in a tropical climate. Singapore’s geographical placement and tiny landmass mean that farming has to be done carefully and respectfully, and that’s what these farmers are all about.
Most of the farms implement an organic, pesticide-free growing method, which means their produce is completely safe and natural, and more important, yummy! Aero-green Technology and Bollywood Veggies are two great places to see such green farming in action.
If it’s fish you’re interested in, you should go to Dream Fish at Arowana Breeding Farm, where they breed the indigenous Singaporean Dragon Fish. These large colorful fish are on display around the farm, and you can learn about fish breeding techniques and what captive-bred fishing is all about.
The closest MRT station to most of the farms is Kranji Station. From there, depending on which farm you wish to visit, you might have to employ a taxi to get from the farms, which shouldn’t cost more than around SGD$10. Entrance to almost all of the farms is free of charge, and some offer free, guided tours, as well. If you’re hungry, get a bite to eat at the Poison Ivy Bistro at Bollywood Veggies, where you can sit outside to enjoy fresh vegetables straight from the farm and lots of tasty, healthy dishes.