The City Sprouts team posing for a photo over our rice paddy on our urban farm in Henderson.

Cultivating Community in an Urban Farm: Our Feature in Jenny Jefferies’ Islands in a Common Sea

“City Sprouts is not just a farm; it’s a testament to what passionate individuals and a committed community can achieve when they work together to create a more sustainable, connected, and vibrant world.”

We are proud to be featured alongside 24 other farmers and fishermen across the world in Jenny Jefferies’ latest book, Islands in a Common Sea! Based in Cambridgeshire, Jenny Jefferies is an award-winning author whose work centres agriculture and food. This latest work, Islands in a Common Sea, is a global outlook on agriculture that celebrates the work, passion, and effort that goes into our food production.

Islands in a Common Sea is a compilation of the lives, visions, hopes, and struggles of 25 farmers across the globe. From Haenyeo (female divers) in South Korea’s Jeju Island to a beekeeper in Yemen, each entry is accompanied by stunning photos of the farms and recipes that celebrate its produce and the region that it calls home. Beyond these recipes and beautiful visuals, however, Islands in a Common Sea is also a call to raise awareness for and eradicate malnutrition and world hunger with its support of the United Nations World Food Programme and the ShareTheMeal campaign


City Sprouts co-founder Zac Toh standing among the greenhouses in the farm.
City Sprouts co-founder Simone Lim under the trellis touching a luffa gourd on our urban farm in Henderson.

Our feature discusses our work as a community urban farm in Singapore alongside recipes for farm-to-table nasi ulam and blue pea ondeh-ondeh. We are grateful for the recognition of our farm as a community space for sustainability enthusiasts, small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs, and people who want to make a difference. 


A plate of nasi ulam (mixed herb rice) plated with farm-to-table herbs and a torch ginger flower.
A plate of blue pea ondeh ondeh, plated with farm-to-table blue pea flowers.


While our urban farm does not produce food on a market scale, the community we build and empower through our markets, programmes, and social impact are our steps towards a sustainable and food-secure Singapore. We still have a long way to go with our sustainability journey, but we are excited to keep cultivating new experiences, reconnecting people with nature, and having conversations about food, sustainability, and heritage in our urban farm. 


“More than just a place to cultivate crops, it’s a place to cultivate knowledge and grow eco-conscious citizens.”


Our feature in this book is a reminder of our duty to our communities to provide safe spaces to connect with one another, with our food, and with our heritage. After all, we are stronger and better together, both as our local community at home here in Singapore, but also as part of a wider global network of agricultural communities.

The Islands in a Common Sea book against the backdrop of our farm.

Islands in a Common Sea is available for international purchase on Amazon Singapore. For every copy purchased, £2 (~S$3.40) is donated to the UN’s ShareTheMeal campaign to support the eradication of world hunger. 

Read more about Jenny Jefferies and her work on her website here.

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