For Chin Kwe Fok, the motivation behind setting up an aquaponic farm was simple: A desire to eat healthily. After speaking with friends at church, he soon realised he wasn’t the only one on the lookout for organic, pesticide-free produce.
The growing demand for clean eating eventually led to the birth of Urban Greenlife farm, run by Chin and six other shareholders including the farm’s co-director Shum Chong Bon and Aquaponics Hardware Asia business development manager Yoon Wong.
Tucked away in a quiet street in Ampang, the farm spans over 3,000 square feet and currently houses a variety of greens including basil, kale, watercress, Japanese cucumber and Brazilian spinach.
It runs on an aquaponic system where nutrient-rich water produced by tilapia is fed to the plants before being recirculated back into the fish tanks.
Crops from ancient civilisations as early as the Aztec Empire are said to have flourished thanks to this method, now used by Chin to grow vegetables without the need for pesticides or chemical fertilisers.