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【星洲日报】打造室内农场,当个城市农夫 (Sinchew Daily Featuring CityFarm Malaysia)

Special thanks to 马来西亚星洲日报 Malaysia Sin Chew Daily for the coverage of our #urbanfarming story!

🌍世界人口膨胀,☁️气候变迁及🏢高速城市化的背后, 粮食是不可忽视的课题。当多数的人都往城市堆挤,自然就会离食物生产更遥远,届时的运输成本与碳排量将对环境造成进一步伤害。

我们积极推动城市农耕,因为这是一个你我都需参与的粮食革命,#Cityfarm的成立就是为了推广及栽培更多城市农夫,通过提供培训让忙碌的都市人可以掌握简单的种植技巧,以达到城市区可以在粮食上自供自足。

在此特别感谢郑凤云的采访,让我们有机会分享创立Cityfarm背后的点点滴滴。

 

[The Edge Malaysia] Bountiful Alternative

The Edge Markets this week coverage of #CityFarm Malaysia. 
Our in-house farmer, Johanson Chew speaks about the growing vertical/urban farm phenomenon that is taking root in the city.

【TV2】前线视窗- 四个年轻人的城市农场

《前线视窗》- 四个年轻人的城市农场

[988 FM] 企业起飞 (城市农场 City Farm)

这个星期,988 FM 邀请到了城市农场 City Farm的两位联合创办人 郭廷成和雷俊鸣。

这家城市农场是由4名年轻的朋友一起创办的,短短的时间内已经引起许多人的关注,更获得大企业的青睐,把城市农场的概念带到砂拉越。

访问音频:
企业起飞 - 第88期

[Passion Portraits] Urban Homes Can Now Have Farms

Being a farmer was never part of the plan. Having studied and majored in fields like software engineering and electronics, Jayden and Johanson didn't think they would see their spontaneous hobby and interest in hydroponics grow into a company they now call CityFarm, which they run with another friend, Choon Beng. Their love for planting vegetables led them to realise that there was a greater, deeper global issue that needed addressing. After much trial and error, they eventually grew a platform that now encourages Malaysians to pick up urban farming.

We at Passion Portraits are constantly inspired by the many stories we hear of other passion-driven individuals in our community. In this episode of our Pp Original Series, we would like to celebrate and introduce to you the people behind CityFarm. By sharing these stories, we hope that you too would be encouraged and inspired by their endeavours.

[The Sun Daily] City farmers on a ‘green’ mission

PETALING JAYA: What initially began as a hobby for three engineering graduates became their full time job as city farmers.

Jayden Koay, Looi Choon Beng and Johanson Chew had literally brought farming into the urban landscape when they decided to initiate CityFarm Malaysia last year, a company specialising in indoor and vertical farming.

The Multimedia University graduates, who proudly presented themselves as "city farmers", now have a new mission to embark on — to spread the gospel of "green in the city" to the masses.

"The awareness of vertical farming in Malaysia is still low compared to other countries like Taiwan and Singapore. We need to put effort in educating the public," said Koay.

"To achieve that, we run classes with people as small as primary school, and run courses with those interested with urban farming. We are on a mission to change the mindset of the public," he told theSun during an interview at CityFarm office in Seri Kembangan.

Taking a step into their building, the view of lush greenery took our attention, with variety of vegetables produce were arranged on stacks in a controlled-environment room.

Looi, who was in charge of marketing, said the key advantage of urban farming was its efficiency of producing harvest in a relatively small area. A small farm could even be placed on a window of a small apartment.

Using the technology of UV LED lighting, the plants could further be arranged in stacks, with each product growing on top of another, dramatically increasing the number of produce per sq ft.

The farms, unlike conventional farms, were also not highly dependable on external factors such as weather, thus could achieve over 90% of harvested products.

"Furthermore, urban farming are free from the usage of pesticide and other growth chemicals that could affect our environment and body," Looi, an environment conservation enthusiast, added.

He said city dwellers can actually set up the farm, which requires only a little bit of time — seed germination, transplanting and harvest and the rest can be automated and controlled.

With just RM250 in capital, a new city farmer could start and sustain a farm that could feed a family of four to five people. However, Koay said the cost to maintain a bigger farm could be cheaper if the necessary equipment are readily available domestically.

A starter kit — City Window Farm — could help those interested.

"It is a beginner's kit to grow a single plant. It's small, but you have to start somewhere before becoming big," Koay said.

Original Article: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2191160