In the final days of family-run Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics Farms in Singapore, there was lots to do. From wrapping up the last harvests to dismantling large structures and equipment, it was a race against time to prepare the 2.4ha farm for its closure on June 30 last year.
“We work so closely together, naturally there will be increased conflict,” said Ms Ore, 39, who grew up on the farm in Yishun. For the past 12 years, she has been documenting life on the farm through photographs.
We Were Farmers is a two-part documentary on the last days of the farm, put together by local production house Birdmandog and told from the perspective of photographer and fourth-generation farmer Ore Huiying.
Her aunties and uncles had been working 12-hour shifts every day, she said.
“Now that the farm is closing down, it’s actually helping the situation between family members because now everybody has a common goal, just like when the farm first started.”
Her family decided to shut down the legacy farm located along Bah Soon Pah Road, as relocation costs were too much to bear.
They had over 200 greenhouses growing more than 15 types of vegetables and herbs, including chye sim, wild rocket and butterhead lettuce.
“To me the farm is a happy place,” said Ms Ore. “It holds a lot of special memories. I think it’s also a big part of my identity as well.”
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