A COMMON interest in gardening and going green brought residents of Denai Alam together for the first plant and seed exchange programme.
The event, organised by the Denai Alam Community Garden committee with support from Sime Darby Property and Denai Alam Residents Association, drew hundreds of residents from the township who shopped for green goods and stayed on for sharing sessions on gardening and composting.
Aside from the seed and plant exchange, there was a green flea market where green entrepreneurs were invited to sell their products.
Among them was Green Growers Ventures Sdn Bhd, which was selling harvested and packed fresh vegetables from Cameron Highlands under the EcoHarvest brand.
Those in attendance also got to learn from avid home gardener Wynnee Goh about Bokashi composting, which uses anaerobic process to compost food waste so it does not attract insects or leave an odour.
They also saw and learnt about carnivorous plants as well as picked up tips and tricks on growing them from Gideon Lim of the online nursery Malaysian Carnivorous Plants group.
Those looking for a pick-me-up were glad to get a free cup of coffee as KDU University College sponsored 250 cups for event-goers.Denai Alam Community Garden committee member and former president Sabri Che Kadir said the green event began with a survey two months ago where they found many people with a common interest in gardening.
“So we decided to organise a plant exchange programme. Our goal is for us to have a green community,” he said.
There are about 79 active members in the community garden group.
Sabri said they do not have a community garden as many still preferred to garden in their own homes but the committee’s future plan was to have a community garden area for commercial or own use.
The group hopes to turn Denai Alam into a green lung for its 19,000 residents, with a vision to have all like-minded residents grow and eat their own produce to live a healthier life.
The event was also supported by Kota Anggerik assemblyman Najwan Halimi and Shah Alam city councillor Muhammad Shakir Ameer Mohideen.
Muhammad Shakir said he was glad the event was organised and hoped that it could be held every quarter if resources allowed.
“Programmes like this are usually done in Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur and should spread to more areas. This will bring together communities and create new friendships as well as offer healthier options for people in the long run,” he said.
He added that leading a healthy lifestyle does not have to be expensive once there are more options available.
“It’s now time for us to give back to the world and push for more green initiatives,” he said.