In late 1999 Evelyn Eng and Lim Tian Soo started an Organic farm on a 2.2 hectare land leased from the Singapore government. They call it Green Circle Eco-Farm.
Prior to starting the farm, Evelyn had been an active volunteer in the Nature Society(Singapore) for 14 years while Tian Soo had retired from 27 years of professional accounting career followed by 3 years of golf and rich food.
Opening an organic farm is a continuation of their affinity to nature and conservation activities. The farm is also their retirement home. They are therefore particularly careful to make sure that their living environment is not polluted by harmful chemicals. The foods that are grown here are totally chemical free and in accordance with strict Organic farming principles. The environment is animal friendly.
To supplement their lack of experience in farming. Peter Proctor was engaged provide farming consultancy service from 1999 to 2003. Peter Proctor is a well known teacher of Biodynamic Farming in New Zealand, Australia and India. His book ‘Grasp the Nettle’ is widely used as a reference by Biodynamic farmers.
Dr Chew Boon Hock (Ph. D Agriculture) from Malaysia was also engaged in the year 2000 to give advice on growing tropical vegetables organically.
We adhere to the 4 Basic Principles for Organic Farming as adopted by IFOAM ( International Federation of Orgainic Agriculture Merchants) The details are accessible from our Home page on this site.
No chemicals whatsoever are allowed in the farm. Plant watering is from rain water captured by a roof and gutter system that directs all rain water to a holding pond. Materials for plant support are either reused wood or materials available from within the farm. Furnitures and boxes for delivery are all reused items collected by volunteers. We expect our customers to return containers for reuse. Minimal packaging material are used.
There are rules which we expect visitors to follow when viisting the farm. Please see Contact page on this site.
Why Green Circle
The name Green Circle Eco-Farm is chosen to reflect the true aspiration of its owners. Organic farms are environmentally friendly in not polluting the earth with harmful chemicals. But a more important contribution from organic farming is in its use of human generated waste to produce food.
Here in this farm we produce our own compost from wood chips, weeds and rejected Mung beans. We mulch our vegetable beds with leaves swept from parks and gardens in Singapore. These human generated waste material are made into compost fertilizers, which are food for our vegetables and the vegetables are then sold to the people in Singapore thereby completing the process of recycling.
We believe that in a global scale, organic farms should operate from all city fringes. These organic farms can help to recycle some human generated waste from the city, reduce pollution and provide healthy food for the city.
We do not feel the need for any certification because we have no plans to sell our vegetables outside of Singapore.
We open our farm to our stakeholders who care to inspect our farm at anytime instead of paying a professional body to for certification and inspection once a year. For the farms we import from, we undertake to assess their honesty with regular visits by ourselves instead of a 3rd party certification.
We believe that organic farming should ideally be a cottage industry with multiple cropping and for domestic consumption only. This is so that there will be no need to deploy food preservation technology for long term storage and long distant shipping. We have to reduce our carbon footprint and provide farm fresh produce.
It order to supply our customers a more comprehensive range of vegetables and organic food products we import vegetables to supplement our production and purchase dry food products from outside suppliers. The type of vegetables we import are usually grown in cooler climate regions which cannot be grow in low lying Singapore.
We believe that importing organically grown farm products from our neighbouring countries is a good way to encourage poor farmers in developing countries to grow organically. We are providing them a market to make organic farming economically viable for them. If more of them grow organically, there will be less pollution in the world and we are helping to alleviate poverty at the same time.
When you buy our vegetables you are contributing to this cause, apart from keeping you and your family healthy.
We hope that the countries we import from would eventually have a sophisticated domestic organic market to sustain their production so they need not export to us.
In line with our objective to preserving our natural heritage, the farm conducts educational tours for school children and the public, on appreciation of farming and nature, healthy eating and environmental conservation.
Participants are given a talk and walk around the farm. Hands-on activities can also be arranged.