We had delicious food and great conversation that evening!
On the Menu That Evening
Blue ginger drink and laksa pesto pasta, from Terence
Suzanna’s beetroot salad
Tofu and homemade chilli from Auntie Theresa
Geok Kuan’s drinks: Blackface General drink and two others
Cui Fen’s leafy greens
Chickpea salad from Huiying
Our garden visit and dinner wrapped up with Geok Kuan handing out sampling of shoots to propagate, and a conversation about Foodscape Collective’s work and ideas for the future.
Ideas and conversation
After introducing our work, Cui Fen shared about her interest in learning about others’ gardens. Hang Chong gave input on why learning about food security locally is important, giving lots of anecdotes.
Some highlights of the conversation:
- Reiterating that the offline component is integral to our work, much as we are trying to build an online community for knowledge sharing. Farming isn’t only about one thing; we want to understand individuals’ motivations–everyone has their own interests, and understanding these interests, and creating a sustained knowledge community around these interests, helps us work towards a common goal.
- Why is our work different from other online communities like Facebook groups on gardens? Responses: there is a diversity of questions and interests (e.g. what heirloom plants do we still have? everyone has a different interest in food. an online collaborative platform helps us share information about this)
- LG pitched in, talking about her interest in gardens, and some work she has recently started doing, wanting to document the deep knowledge that a 70+-year-old gardener, Uncle Tan, has
- Lots of sharing from Terence, Kian Wee, Geok Kuan and others that evening, which was very heartening!
Possibilities that have opened up
- Huiying shared about Edible Gardens’ interest in working with community gardeners to plant and sell or barter harvests, with a moderately good response
- Sharing excess produce for cookout at migrant worker dormitories with Geylang Adventures
- Working with LG’s team to support archival of oral and video recordings about plant knowledge