Deep in the heart of an industrial estate in Paya Lebar is the last place you would expect to find a vegetable farm. Yet in January 2018, Executive Director of IPOS-I, Mr Dexter Teo, together with a team of patent examiners, visited an indoor urban farm located in a nondescript industrial building.
Founded by Mr John Wee in 2017, Highstreet Farming uses high-tech and innovative urban farming systems to grow clean and pesticide-free vegetables, that are ready to eat straight from the bag. With full control over the climate and environment, Highstreet Farming utilizes the latest technology to produce high-demand and high-yield crops at almost zero wastage.
The patent examiners were able to see first-hand, how technology is enabling farmers, like Mr Wee, to grow vegetables in urban settings to support Singapore’s food sustainability issue. The IPOS-I team also got a chance to sample some interesting varieties of vegetables not commonly found locally, such as ice lettuce and kale. All we can say is, it certainly passes the taste test!
More information on Highstreet Farming can be found here.
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