Creating a Community through the Edible Park

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Snuggled between construction and the vast open spaces of Iskandar Puteri, the Edible Park is a relief to the senses. This is a great place to stop by over the weekend; an organic farm that helps communities in transition, an easy introduction to nature and an opportunity for budding food entrepreneurs to test their products.

The Edible Park is owned by Medini Iskandar Malaysia and is one of the 45 parks within Iskandar Puteri. Conceptualised and designed by Chris Parry, his social enterprise JOGREEN is responsible for bringing the park and the surrounding area to life. Every weekend there are activities here, from the monthly market every first Saturday of the month, to an evening yoga class on Sundays to workshops and other activities in their open-air gazebo.

This space is a great place to reacquaint yourself with the outdoors, and if it gets too hot, sit in the cool shade of the park café, where drinks, cakes and snacks are available and there are always freshly harvested vegetables from the farm to buy. Many visitors stroll through the park marvelling at plants that they remember from their childhood and some relate tales of how they ate the featured vegetables and flowers in their kampung days.

The Edible Park also contributes to the livelihoods of the Orang Seletar of Sg Temuan and the community of Mukim Tg Kupang – an ingenious way of bringing together rural communities and urban dwellers in unique food-related experiences.