Any further feedback on how to improve the project?
Project does not have to be limited to community centres, can also be carpark rooftops etc.
In Japan, most companies have rooftop gardens, and often employees are rotated to take care of it. At the end of it, there is no "physical" end product taken away other than usage, but in the case of this, we have the produce. How would the produce be distributed at the end? In addition, monitoring is needed for the crops so how do we ensure it can be done easily and who should be the one doing it?
Is this project self-sustainable? Maybe is it possible for the public to play a part in this project
Is the high-tech rooftop farm's purpose to enable more consumers to be aware, gain interest in urban farming, and hopefully convert them to grow their own crops for their own usage? Or do the crops produced by these consumers go to supermarkets/ hotels etc.? I'm trying to connect the dots here - how does it help to tackle food insecurity?
The segmentation and objectives towards target audience have to be clearer.
Who would be tending to these farms? Can we have more community engagement, i.e. volunteers to plant their produce/ student outings to these farms? I believe that community engagement is important to raise awareness of this initiative and ensure greater support. We could also engage people online, perhaps with videos on the area/activity etc
There are rooftop urban farms around SG but there is a lack of activity outreach to communities within the areas. Perhaps can garner interest and spread awareness of activities using social media.
there are already many such urban farms around, how does your project differ from them?
Will you buy local farm produce?
I would but it depend on price and not expensive , but we must variety not only farm . NTUC have different brands and varieties in Australia and many country .If we can make farming fun , more people will join , i say No because it still need time . I am happy that government giving seeds but for watermelon and other large fruits , they need community garden , food for thoughts for team .
how new is hydroponics systems? why do we need your organisation to step in, instead of finding existing hydroponics or growing systems provider? is there any trade off for using rooftop for farms? what are the current functions of CC rooftops?
An aspect to consider is how you would perhaps convince business owners that it would be beneficial for them to also switch to produce food through technological means. Generally, the cost of the technology and the time/effort to train (existing) employees to operate these technologies would deter many smaller companies from doing so (possibly due to lack of resources or other existing priorities among other reasons)
from a business pov, does the initial high investment in capital expenditure make sense? the profits made from education programmes and the selling of produce(very small margin) might not cover the high cost of tech. also high tech means the requirement of expert maintenance which might be an issue.
of land use, and rooftop spaces. You may want to look into industrial rooftops that the public usually do not have access to. Also farm management, would it be an avenue for increased employment for horticulturalists ?
Ownership is a critical issue for community gardens. It seems they typically fall into dereliction because (1) free-riders opportunistically reap the rewards sown by others, disincentivizing contribution; (2) territorial control and fiefdoms emerge, as particular individuals start claiming control to the area and seek to exclude others. How might you address these issues and foster a sense of shared ownership/ collective responsibility to these gardens?
Community gardening on rooftops at CCs have the ability to be a game changer.
Check out Gesler (1992) work on therapeutic landscapes. Consider working with local social service agencies to engage clients or local schools to offer nature education to amplify social impact.
Community gardens often run into the challenge of ownership (of participating gardeners) and become gated communities rather than the open inclusive intention it starts out. How might your innovation tackle this?
Community Open Kitchen: Farm to table concepts are growing in appeal (think Bollywood Veggies’ Paradise on Earth tagline, and Montfort Care’s Good Life Makan, SCC FSC community kitchen).