Kampung (or "village" in Malay) has always been a major part of my childhood, growing up in Singapore in the 1960s and 70s. For more than 20 years, we lived in a kampung in the northern part of Singapore, in an area known as Jalan Mata Ayer. Life was simple but rewarding in many ways. We had a small plot of land of about 1.5 acres where we grew all kinds of vegetables and fruits, from juicy rambutans to mouth-watering durians to tender watercress and kangkong.
In the late 1970s and early 80s, we moved out of our kampung and into high-rise apartments as Singapore underwent rapid urbanisation. But our love for the simple kampung life remained strong - a life of planting, cultivating, nurturing, and at the end of the day, enjoying the fruits of our own labour. It was also hard not to reminisce those days when fresh (and organic!) fruits and vegetables were always within reach, right at our own backyard!
My brother has continued to pursue this passion for agriculture with a large fruit plantation in Malaysia. As for me, I have been engaging in community gardening in a park near my home since last year.
Although the community garden plots are not large, they are a great way to revive the "kampung spirit" in Singapore.
Through this website, I hope to promote community and urban gardening in Singapore by sharing our experiences on growing various fruits and vegetables. We also welcome fellow gardening enthusiasts to contribute your tips and advice to us! For those interested in growing fruit trees such as durians, longans and mangoes, you can check out our specially-grafted plant cuttings that are available for sale. We hope you enjoy this online "kampung" space!