Mdm Seow Siew Eng, 71, has been toiling on a plot of farmland near to Clementi Ave 4 for the past two years.

She took over the plot of land from her godfather, who had been working on the same patch of soil since the late 70s, but stopped because of his old age.

Mdm Seow, who lives in Clementi, heads down to the farm for eight hours almost daily as she enjoys toiling under the sun and taking care of her plants. She farms them for personal consumption, to give away to family and friends, as well as the occasional sale to interested residents.

Working at the farm is her form of exercise which she says beats sitting idle in a HDB flat. However, like most of the 20 or so farmers working on the 1,800 sq m of state land, Mdm Seow may have to move out of her farm soon.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has issued an eviction notice to the farmers due to health and safety issues - mosquitoes and air pollution from the burning of leaves on site.

They are now asking these farmers to come forward and discuss the issue by March 20, or their vegetable patches, sheds and structures will be cleared.

Photography and Interview by: Ng Sor Luan

Produced by: Samuel He and Ng Sor Luan

Release date: Mar 14, 2012

Story in print by: Grace Chua (Mar 14, 2012)

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

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