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Geography assignment – Garden to Table
Transcript of Geography assignment – Garden to Table
1-11 Group 4
Angelina Ng, Kenna Zeng, Mylene Chua, Rachel Koh, Jolynne Tan
Farm on map
Main points from interview
Part 2: Research
The two sources of apples
Both countries are in the southern hemisphere
Both are currently experiencing winter (New Zealand: 8 to 17C, South Africa: 3 to 19°C as of July)
Both near the end of summer in February, which is the harvest season for Royal Gala apples
New Zealand: Summer lasts from December to February; South Africa: Summer lasts from October to February
Despite it being winter currently and the apples being out of season, apples are still being imported into Singapore thanks to cold storage and controlled atmosphere storage
Apples from both sources are similar in size and weight
Item chosen: Royal Gala Apples
(A cultigen of Gala apples)
Originates from: New Zealand
Climate : Prefers drier conditions and warm climates
Harvest season: early to late february in the southern hemisphere
Citations and sources
5 for $2.75 1 for $0.55
1 apple averages at around 100 grams
100 grams = $0.55
1kg for $3.45
100 grams = $0.345
Area of sources marked out on map
The apples imported from New Zealand (Royal Gala apples' country of origin) is more expensive at $0.55 per 100 grams than the ones from South Africa, which is around $0.345 per 100 grams
The South African apples are imported by a local company, Hupco, while the ones from New Zealand were exported by Mr Apple, a New Zealand apple-exporting company
The South African apples are packed in bags of 1 kg while the ones from New Zealand are sold in groups of five picked out by the customer
This may be a factor to why the apples afrom New Zealand are more expensive as the customer gets to pick and choose the 'better' apples.
Why we import apples
With little farming land, Singapore imports 90% of our food from other countries. Apples are no exception.
Apples are best grown in dry conditions.
Singapore's humid climate it not suitable as high humidity increases the chances of having powdery mildew on the apples.
Apples generally require low temperatures to flower
The only way for apples to really be grown in Singapore is in a controlled atmosphere storage, but there isn't enough land in Singapore for that.
Part 1: farm visit
Farm we visited: Bukit Panjang Community Garden
Visited as a class during the term 2 learning journey
Basic information about farm: It is one of Bukit Panjang Community Garden Trail's 11 farms.
Residents are the ones growing and tending to the gardens
Farm as part of the community garden trail
Location on Google Maps
Interview with one of the gardeners
The plants grown there were purely meant for themselves to eat
They don't use chemicals to get rid of pests. Thus, the plants are organic
They only plant vegetables and are not allowed to plant fruits
The garden has gotten remodeled and was much more organized than it had once been. The plots of land are now in a neat rows of rectangle blocks.
The gardeners are not only able to come to plant food for themselves, but are also able to make friends in the process, making it a very meaningful experience.
The best time to tend to the garden is the morning (9am~) or the evening (5pm~)
A usual day at the garden consists of watering and adding fertilizer to the plants
The gardener only spoke chinese so these are the translated points
We managed to interview one of the gardeners and film it. Here is
the video of the interview:
Although the food is not being sold, and the gardeners are not making any profit, we think this is a very meaningful project that the government has set up.
The gardeners can not only plant their own food, they can also talk and make new friends.
It would be great it there could be one of these community gardens in every neighbourhood of Singapore