The Singapore Food Agency has announced that nine underused sunny rooftops from multi-floor car parks are being converted to a space for urban farmers to rent and grow crops.
The car parks are managed by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), and the project complements its Green Towns Programme aimed at expanding green space in public housing estates.
“HDB car parks are usually vacant at the top, because many people don’t want to park their cars in the sun,” says Veera Sekaran, founder of urban greening firm Greenology, adding that people can turn urban farming into a worthwhile business by converting such locations into commercial spaces.
Mr Bjorn Low, co-founder of urban farming social enterprise Edible Garden City, adds that car park rooftops are particularly advantageous in that they are able to withstand much heavier loads in comparison to older buildings. Mr. Low highlights, that not only does urban farming help better ensure the nation’s food security, but it also provides more local work for those in need and serves as an educational community space – marking this project “a step in the right direction”.