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From 2nd left: Mr Hawazi Daipi (Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education & Manpower), Minister Khaw, and Ms Tan Poh Hong (Chief Executive Officer of AVA) join in the SG50 Green Harvest project, where community gardeners and students reaped 760kg of crops for the needy.

From the Community,
to the Community

In good “Kampung” spirits, 760kg of crops were harvested
by community gardeners and given to the needy.

Since 2011, AVA has been collaborating with the National Parks Board and People’s Association to enhance the competency of community gardeners in Singapore's heartlands. Horticultural trainings and talks on plant health are regularly conducted to equip these gardeners with the necessary skills to ensure good harvests.

With dedicated guidance of AVA, gardeners across 15 community gardens in Sembawang GRC, Marsiling Primary School, and Woodlands Secondary School harvested about 760kg of vegetables. This exceeded the projected amount of 500kg, and more than doubled the 250kg reaped last year.

The harvests were donated to 250 low-income families and nine other Voluntary Welfare Organisations in Sembawang GRC. Twenty students from Marsiling Primary School volunteered to take part in community gardening this year. They underwent six weekly lessons designed by AVA to experience vegetable planting hands-on. These initiatives were all part of a special SG50 Green Harvest project.

Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, was guest-of-honour for the harvesting event on 12 April 2015. In a Facebook post, Mr Khaw said that he was touched by the “dedication and passion of our community gardeners”.

Mdm Salbiah Bte Osman, one of the community gardeners from Woodlands Zone 2 RC shared her thoughts on the project: “We got to reach out to schools and help to set up new community gardens.
I also got a chance to teach students who came to our garden, the skills of gardening and encourage them to do hands-on gardening. This project is very meaningful.”