An urban farm stationed atop the roof of a mall is an inventive method of incorporating food into urban planning, while safeguarding Singapore’s ability to produce its own food.

Comcrop’s 600-square-metre (6,450-square-foot) farm on the roof of one of the malls uses vertical racks and hydroponics to grow leafy greens and herbs such as basil and peppermint that it sells to nearby bars, restaurants and stores.

The farm’s small size belies its big ambition: to help improve the city’s food security. Comcrop’s Allan Lim believes high-tech urban farms are the way ahead for the city, where more land cannot be cultivated.

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