EDIBLE PARK IS PAVING WAYS FOR LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS WHILE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

The launch of Edible Park by Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM) since March 2018 saw various green initiatives and direct exposure to nature that benefitted the local community. The park is a 5-acre edible landscape park that was carefully designed and themed to build a community around conscious and sustainable living which addresses the environmental issues in the public realm.

It is one of MIM’s 46 urban park developments in Medini City, the Central Business District of Iskandar Puteri, Johor. With the ideas of merging urbanism with sustainable food systems, the park combines community garden with edible landscape and focuses on community participation, sustainable living practices, and environmental awareness.

Edible Park aims to strengthen the relationship between the people and their environment that helps build a shared identity for the city and its inhabitants. Equipped with a workshop studio, café, designed gardens, and organic urban farm, the park was meticulously planned to allow residents, workers and visitors alike to experience Medini as a city built within a park.

As part of MIM’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, the Edible Park hosts a series of nature-related workshops every weekend, and a green market held on every first Saturday of the month selling fresh green and organic produce, plant-based food and products. These goods are often available alongside organic produce from local vendors in the region. Edible Park promotes inclusivity and diversity by championing values which resonate with contemporary society. Through this MIM aims to provide a socio-economic platform for the local entrepreneur and encourage them to venture into the small and medium business industry.

A good rapport between MIM and the local council, sub-developers, communities and organizations alike are central to its capacity to address sustainability goals while providing recreational value to residents and tourists. Hence, MIM provides a free-weekly programme such as nature class, sustainable living session, volunteer session, garden yoga to name a few that have attracted the surrounding community such as Sekolah Kebangsaan Medini, Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri, and other groups from various background. Topics explored in the park include waste management, food awareness, and permaculture.

Last year, MIM received the Winner Award for Placemaking and Public Space (Private Sector) Category for the Edible Park, from the Malaysian Institute of Planners Planning Excellence Awards (MIPPEA) 2018. Organized by the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), the MIPPEA acknowledges projects and initiatives made by planners and property industry players in Malaysia. “It is our sincere hope to continue this good effort and to help and educate the community about sustainable living. We are also happy to see the Green Market has grown and featured more local entrepreneurs that sell pineapple juice, dumpling, handmade shoes and shirts and a variety of organic produce,” said Dr. James Tee, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of MIM.

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