From Sunday 10 October 2021 at 10 am onwards, Members of the public will be able to receive one of the 400,000 seed packets being distributed as part of NParks Gardening with Edibles programme. Through the programme, NParks aims to encourage the public to garden at home or in the community and allotment gardens.
The Gardening with Edibles programme
The Gardening with Edibles programme was first launched in June 2020 and there were events such as workshops and free online resources catering to different skill levels. The programme is also aligned with Singapore’s national strategy to strengthen Singaporean’s food resilience and reach the “30 by 30” goal led by the Singapore Food Agency which aims to produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs locally by the year 2030.
How to redeem a free seed packet from NParks
This year, the seed packet will contain one type of leafy vegetable from among 10 varieties and a plant care sheet in four languages. New seed varieties such as Baym (Red & Green), Huang Bia Cai, Kow Peck Chye, Nai Bai Cai and Chinese Mustard will be part of the vegetable seeds that will be distributed.
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Members of the public who are interested to receive the seed packets are invited to register on the NParks website at the site here or call 6499 1099 to receive their seed packets through mail.
The Social Enterprise Community Urban Farm Grant
To encourage the setting up of such community urban farms focusing on edibles gardening, NParks will be launching the Social Enterprise Community Urban Farm Grant. There are two components of the grant available to social enterprises that are members of the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise.
The first is the Programming Support Grant, which provides funding support for costs incurred in the conducting of hands-on edible gardening workshops for seniors and less advantaged members of the community to promote more social outreach activities. Registration for the Programming Support Grant begins on 15 November 2021.
The second is the Infrastructure Support Grant, which provides support for the infrastructure costs involved in the establishment of SECUFs. Applicants must have successfully tendered for pre-identified sites for SECUF usage. More information on the pre-identified sites for SECUFs and further details on the Infrastructure Support Grant will be shared when ready.