Building Community Through Farming
Recognising the rising cost of food, poor accessibility to healthy and chemical free produce, poor interaction within community residents has mooted this idea. We shall use a piece of empty land measuring half acre in Taman Tar, Ampang, to create organic/aquaponic farming which include vegetable farming, fish harvesting, beekeeping, composting and rain water harvesting. It will benefit the population of 5km radius to the accessibility of such produce. The primary goal is to promote inclusion of residents & children in activities relating to the farming.
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Voting end : 30.06.2018
Lim Soo Leng
REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS – Cut down fossil fuel consumption necessary to transport, package, and sell food. Urban agriculture helps consumers reduce their “foodprint” by providing them the opportunity to purchase food that was grown within their community.
COMMUNITY BUILDING – Recreational urban farming projects require a high level of social organization, giving many individuals in the community a vested interest in its success.
EDUCATION – By involving children and adults alike in education around sustainable, local agriculture
GREEN SPACE – Lastly, agriculture in cities provides more green space. This contributes to the health of city ecosystems in a variety of ways. Greenery adds aesthetic appeal.
Make available an existing space of at least 15,000 sq. ft. for the urban farm concept which integrate organic farming, aquaponics, rainwater harvesting, bee keeping, composting and integrated eco friendly concept as an integral system. This is to encourage the community of around 5,000 residents to be involved in the up keeping and running of the farm.
Taman Tar is fringed around a community of about 20,000 local and expat residents. We believe the residents here would want a socially responsible society that nurtures nature rather than dominating or manipulating nature. This means socially responsible farming in harmony with people within families, communities, and societies not dominating or manipulating people.
– Parents and grandparents can teach their kids about growing food. Reeducating this generation of children about where food comes from, and teaching them the basics of how to grow it, may be a key to their future survival.
– Urban farm becomes an incubator for the localisation movement. Community members realize that in localising their food source, other needs can also be localised.
– Getting reacquainted with one’s neighbors is the first step toward stronger communities. An urban farm gets us out of our living units and forces us to reconnect with the other humans around us, with out the help of electronic devices. Engage the community in the growing center operations and production.
Menara Kayangan Management Council – It’s a community council that is promoting eco projects for the surrounding. They will provide some manpower to help maintain the project
Type of help needed
Cost for project as below:
|Description||Price/Unit (RM)||Quantity||Amount (RM)|
|Manpower & Volunteers||2000||6||12000|
|Raised beds & planters||2000||5||10000|
|Rain harvest system||4000||1||4000|
|Storage Shed & Equipments||13000||1||13000|
September 2018 – Land & Site Clearance
November 2018 – Installation of Greenhouse
December 2018 – Installation of Electrical, Water supply, and systems
January 2019 – Raised beds for planting