Last Saturday, we finally got our butts down to visiting the pop-up NÓNG by edible gardens and Naiise. Located on the sixth-floor open air car park at People’s Park Complex, the space has been temporarily transformed into a rooftop farm with some retail therapy provided by Naiise and Haystakt with their “Not A Retail Shop” section.
The organisers are a resourceful bunch. We loved the location; just as we drove up the ramp to the sixth floor, it felt like we were entering a totally different place altogether – no more of the first few claustrophobia-inducing car park floors, or the crazy weekend crowds milling around in the shopping mall downstairs. Instead, a huge open space greeted us. (Admittedly, it was simply a car park with few vehicles. I suppose any car park without its cars would feel huge and open too.) We walked around the car park a bit, looking down at tiny people, looking up at tiny windows in the apartment block above us. The air that day was decent and the weather was even somewhat cool.
The pop-up has seen some interesting events over the last couple of months, including a letterpress printing workshop by the Fingersmith Letterpress, yoga sessions and herb propagation workshops, and we should probably have dropped by on a more happening day (or joined a workshop or two! But we’ve been lethargic and so hooked on watching Grey’s Anatomy it’s somewhat unhealthy). I have only recently made peace with all veggies (except broccoli) and it’s a little early for me to delve into growing my own vegetables; Sarah, on the other hand, was pretty interested in carting off a pot or two. Unfortunately, she doesn’t cook. Sigh. We’re totally for eating from sustainable, ethical food sources though.
The retail section has some great locally-made things – we’re pining for one of these ceramic bamboo tea cups by Weekend Worker’s Ong Su Loon.
NÓNG by edible gardens
Until 31 March 2014
Weekdays 4-7pm / Weekends 12-7pm
People’s Park Complex
Rooftop open air level 6 car park
Use the elevators at the entrance, near the OCBC ATM. Do not use the residential lifts unless you like being stuck in lift lobbies or you have the residents’ access card. There is ample parking where the pop-up is.