Therapeutic Horticulture

by Edible Garden City



Edible Garden City has embarked on a holistic Therapeutic Horticulture and Care Farming initiative, to help alleviate social issues faced by Singapore's fast-ageing population.


Gardening has incredible physical, mental and emotional benefits, and has been scientifically proven to improve the health and well-being of everyone from stressed-out office workers to the elderly.


Over the past few years, the company has worked with National University of Singapore and the National Parks Board on a series of studies investigating the effects of habitual gardening on elderly with dementia, and those pre-disposed to the condition. Results showed that gardening had positive emotional, mental and physiological impact on participants.


These results have spurred Edible Garden City to pursue therapeutic horticulture and care farming in a deeper and more structured way. The company is developing a holistic initiative that includes software and hardware elements - from garden builds to gardening programmes. It will also include further research into gardening as healing and the growing of nutrient-dense vegetable varieties. In addition, the company will focus on training practitioners and sharing of outcomes, with the eventual outcome to open source the initiative, so that others in Singapore and around the world might take similar steps for positive social change through agriculture.



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01 - In 2016, Edible Garden City's farmers worked with Montfort Care Services to build the York Hill Ah Gong Farm. The centre set aside some space within their premises where a food garden was built. 02 - In 2016, Edible Garden City's farmers worked with Montfort Care Services to build the York Hill Ah Gong Farm. The centre identified older at-risk males under their care, and we were brought in to conduct a 6-week long course for 10 individuals on how to maintain the space to grow food. 03 - From 2017 to 2019, Edible Garden City worked with NParks and NUS on their research for therapeutic horticulture. The results of these studies, and our time interacting with the elderly through these sessions were a major factor in the formulation of our company's new vision of pursuing therapeutic horticulture as a focus in the coming years. 04 - In October 2019, ITE Central College invited Edible Garden City to conduct mini gardening workshops for an active ageing carnival, where our farmers guided participants in learning the basics of gardening. Participants brought home their own plant, and a bag of kale, grown specially for them! 05 - In October 2019, ITE Central College invited Edible Garden City to conduct mini gardening workshops for an active ageing carnival, where our farmers guided participants in learning the basics of gardening, and to spark interest in having them be more active and social.


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