Malaysia: Seniors stay active thanks to hydroponics farming

Some senior citizens in Johor Baru are staying active by taking part in community farming. Taman Sri Tebrau resident Low Kway Ying, 69, said time passes faster when she keeps her days full. "In the morning, my husband and I head to a Buddhist temple near our house to take care of a vegetable patch there.

"We tend to crops like long beans, ladies' fingers, white radish, yams, and sweet potato leaves. We enjoy this activity as we can keep moving, which is good for our health," she said.

The mother of four also tends to the vegetable crops at the Taman Sri Tebrau community center in Jalan Kerambit 3. "The vegetables at the community center are grown using the hydroponic system, without the use of pesticides."

"I find it rewarding to see the crops growing well, and when we harvest the fruits of our labor with the other residents, it fosters a stronger sense of community." Another senior citizen, Neo Ho Soon, 72, said he visited the community center once a week for Malay language classes and would also tend to the vegetable crops before the lessons began. "Aside from spending some time in the sun, I get to mingle with other people."


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