Urban Kampong Programme
Rake Spade x Herb in a cup
For beginners and anyone who is interested to know how to grow vegetables and herbs at home.
The workshop provides an overview of how making, growing and consuming CLEAN foods can improve our well-being. It also relates and reminds us of our roles and the choices we make that impacts climate change and food sustainability.
Participants get to try their hand at growing their own greens and learn to make probiotic drinks such as Yoghurt, which is good for gut bacteria, and what organic/natural products are recommended for growing.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀:
• An introduction to the types of herbs and leafy vegetables that are easy to grow in Singapore
• How to propagate herbs and leafy vegetables, and stem cutting techniques
• How to grow your own microgreens
• Plant care – from seed to harvest
• Media and soil mixes
• Composting with earthworms
• Composting and the use of organic matter to make your own organic fertilisers
• Organic/natural plant feeds and treatments you can make and buy
• Why and how to grow clean food in small spaces
• How to use recycled and re-purposed containers to create your own vertical farm
Hands-on: Participants will make their own Herb in a Cup Propagation Kit, and also bring home fresh herb cuttings to grow
𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐤𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝:
- Starter kit 5 worth $25.90 (including biodegradable coloured pot, supersoilless vege mix 5l, mini rake spade set, kale seeds & naturalGRO kelp 120ml)
- Fresh herb cuttings for propagation (mint, basil & cuban oregano)
- Herb propagation kit
- Eco enzyme material to make your own eco enzymes
- naturalGRO liquid humus 120ml
Balan Gopal is the founder of Herb in a cup, who has expertise in turning junk into treasure. Featured by The Straits Times and Home and Decor magazine. Herb in a cup was founded in 2014 and he aims to take on environmental challenges in this ever-changing landscape of life. The father of two has inspired many fellow Singaporeans living in apartments with his elevated garden of herbs and vegetables growing out of recycled soft drink bottles and Styrofoam boxes.
His myriad of interests - from personal fitness and mind training to the effective recycling of organic matter and growing his own food - has encouraged him to pursue social enterprise projects such as building urban aesthetic food forests in confined spaces and providing employment and ‘paying-it-forward' meals by recycling used bottles into decorative lamps.
Balan believes that education and the application of eco projects provide vital solutions to the challenges in today's landscape. His mission statement is to make Singapore a true ‘green’ food paradise with a focus on healthy and mindful living.