We believe a city filled with vibrant, ecological and compact food gardens create communities that are in tune with nature, culture, their environment and each other.
Since inception in 2014, we've placed working with children and their communities at the centre of what we do. We want to help make growing food and living sustainably second nature to them.
We're passionate about creating urban food gardens that connect children to nature giving them a space to learn about their role in this urban web of life. A space for world-shaping activities. A place that inspires them to work with nature, shape resilient communities and cities of the future and respond to change and their environment in creative and sustainable ways.
Permaculture design principles help us create beautiful and bountiful compact food gardens. As a multidisciplinary practice, it helps us build spaces beyond gardening to encourage observation, wonder, design, artistic expression, creative problem solving, community building and play.
Our team comprise of not only Permaculture Designers and apprentice urban farmers but also experience in community engagement, graphic design, construction, DIY and content production. We also collaborate with a pool of technical experts and artists to ensure a diverse and enriching experience for our community. We've worked with schools, kindergartens, developers, urban farming practitioners and organisations working with children.
Everyone living in the city should have the opportunity to grow some food despite space and time constraints. To address their needs and challenges we also design and create down to earth and simple urban food growing solutions that'll help them grow some food and share their bounty.
Grow some food close to home, work or even at your child's school. We guarantee you and your family will start thinking about water, energy, nutrition, seeds, GMO, worms, food waste, composting, natural systems, sustainable materials, the food chain, how you eat, life cycles and much more. You'll start looking for alternatives and solutions. You will make a difference.
- Creative urban gardening workshops and events for children and their communities and organisations.
- Nature inspired urban gardens, programmes and spaces for children, communities and organisations.
- Content that'll make permaculture accessible and help you and your family pursue earth care daily.
- Down-to-earth and simple urban gardening solutions that'll help you create compact and fascinating ecological gardens.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been curious about food and farms. My grandfather and father ran an organic composting business, the hot heap of compost and worms at the edges of the heap mesmerised. When I produced a radio documentary called Hear and Now in Malaysia I met many local farmers and entrepreneurs. This was a profound experience. I started seeking alternatives to our food system. I attained my Permaculture Design Certificate early 2014 from The Permaculture Research Institute and applied urban permaculture immediately, growing food in small spaces, running workshops and working with children and their communities. Cultivate central was created as a way to help reunite urban cultures to growing food and weave ecological gardens in neighbourhoods and cities. I serve clients and communities both in Malaysia and Singapore, where I currently reside.
I’ve always had a curious interest and intent interaction with the natural environment. This lead me into being interested with growing my own produce, as I do see food accessibility as a currency of the future. 7 years ago, I found out about permaculture through a documentary called The Power of Community. I’ve not looked back since. I trained as a permaculture designer 4 years ago in Malaysia. These last few years, together with CC, I’ve managed to apply myself in this urban space, Singapore. Where I was born.
When I’m not stepping on toys & busy answering “what does mother nature look like?” kind of questions from my child, I spend my time perfecting the art of composting on my balcony and building a graphic design portfolio.
I love food but living in a city that relies on imported fresh produce, I realised how detached we are from our food source. Composting and playing with soil is an important way for our children to appreciate the natural way of creating abundance from earth and growing fruit and vegetables.
While working with students with autism, I saw how simple experiments with plants had engaged and helped them to be more aware of their environment. That brought me back to my childhood when I watched my mom grow plants along our HDB corridor. We harvested chili, turmeric, curry, lime and pandan for use in our cooking and that showed me how growing food in small spaces was possible. My current work with Cultivate Central allows me to explore these experiences with different communities utilising permaculture as guiding principles in everything we do.