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Revive The Old Kampung Spirit And Learn About Saving The Earth

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With the birth of high-rise flats in Singapore, it’s safe to say that the OG kampung* spirit has become hard to find. For many of us, the kampung lifestyle is synonymous with childhood – the countless days spent chasing after wild chickens and playing marbles with our friends.

But in modern-day Singapore, where does one go if they wish to relive their kampung days? Well, look no further! At Ground-Up Initiative, you can embark on a trip down memory lane while learning all about sustainable living. A truly unique experience that you cannot find anywhere else!

*A Malay word meaning village.


The Ground-Up Initiative

Ground-Up Initiative, or better known as GUI, is a non-profit organisation working towards building a greener, more sustainable future for Singapore. They provide workshops, tours and activities for Singaporeans of all ages in an eco-village called Kampung Kampus.

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Their belief in the five G’s: Gracious, Green, Giving, Grateful and Grounded sets the foundation for keeping the 21st-century kampung spirit alive! Their workshops are rooted in encouraging a sustainable lifestyle for all Singaporeans, conducted in the heart of the eco-village for the authentic kampung experience!

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So if you’re interested to learn more about sustainable living in Singapore while reliving your kampung days, here are three activities you can do at the Kampung Kampus!


1. Kampung Journey

Embark on the Kampung Journey, a stroll through the Kampung Kampus, where you can learn all about the GUI mission, events, workshops and more from experienced guides.

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Get up close and personal with the eco-village and learn more about how the Kampung Kampus is maintained. Indulge in the abundance of greenery, farms and plantations at every turn! With small rivers passing through the plantations and children running around, it’s sure to be a nostalgic experience!

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Workshop Date: 13 March 2021, Saturday

Workshop Hours: 9 AM

Price: $25

Book Your Experience Now: Kampung Journey



2. Learn About Soil Regeneration

With GUI’s Soil Regeneration programme, be prepared to learn about all things soil! Everything from the different soil types and their uses to using natural farming methods. Safe to say, this is one workshop perfect for all the aspiring green thumbs out there!

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During this workshop, you will be treated to a 30-minute trail through the Kampung Kampus, where you can get up close and personal with the vegetation around the eco-village. Observe the variety of soil life and structures and hear from experienced growers on soil health’s impact on growing sustainably.

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Workshop Date: 24 April 2021, Saturday

Workshop Hours: 9 AM – 11 AM

Price: $35

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3. Experience The Joy Of Harvesting

If you have a love for getting your hands dirty, then this is the workshop for you! With the Experience The Joy Of Harvesting workshop, you’ll get to learn how to harvest an array of vegetables by hand! Plus, you’ll get to take home some of the freshly plucked greens!

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Just like the old kampung days, get ready to work up a sweat on one of Kampung Kampus’s many plantations, learning the proper way to handle and harvest different produce. With experienced instructors on hand to guide you, it’s sure to be an educational and fulfilling experience for all!

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Workshop Date: Every Saturday, unless stated otherwise.

Workshop Hours: 8.30 AM – 11.30 AM

Price: $90 – $175 (2 pax – 5 pax per group)

Book Your Experience: Experience The Joy Of Harvesting


A Learning Journey For All

You can learn all about the kampung spirit at the Kampung Kampus by trying out their various workshops and activities. Bask in the abundance of nature all around while learning about the importance of living sustainably in Singapore. It’s endless fun for all ages at GUI’s Kampung Kampus, so book your experience now!

Address: 91 Lor Chencharu, ORTO, 769201

Opening Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM (Tuesdays – Saturdays), Closed on Mondays and Sundays

Website: Ground-Up Initiative

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