Tembusu Urban Farmers

The Tembusu Urban Gardens Strategic Project was initiated in 2013 to build sustainable urban food gardens within Tembusu College. In an increasingly dense and urban environment, it is important not to lose touch with nature and to appreciate that food production is a time-consuming process that requires effort and lots of patience. Our urban farmers experiment with different farming systems, such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and traditional soil planting. We bond over farm excursions and tending to the garden at Level 3, which we have christened “Tembusu Misty Garden.” We also hold mini-events on farm-related topics and to share our labour of love.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.