Ivy Singh firmly believes Singapore is a “beautiful island in the sun amidst the sea, and a paradise – if we know how to treat it right.”
Since 1991, she’s built her very own sanctuary in the form of Bollywood Veggies, a 10-acre banana plantation in the Kranji heartland that’s like no other farm in SG. The signs alone – including a large one over the entrance that proclaims, “Welcome to Paradise” – will tell you that! Boasting more than 500 types of plants (not just bananas), Bollywood Veggies also boasts a restaurant, Poison Ivy Bistro, that typically doesn’t cost more than $15 per person to dine. But, be warned: Ivy may pop by your table to “terrorise” you, she jokes.
Find out more about founder of Bollywood Veggies, Ivy Singh, here!
When Ivy started Bollywood Veggies, she says she had to change people’s perceptions that farms were backwards. For her, she explains, “When I see land, I see life.” What’s her favourite part of running her own business? “I can create, destroy and nurture,” she says. And, Ivy sums up her life so far with a simple line: “I did everything I wanted, and those who stood in my way regretted it.”
When it comes to food, Ivy says she loves anything cooked fresh with good-quality ingredients (like the food served at her own bistro), and welcomes a glass of whiskey on the rocks – anytime, anywhere. “Why must I wait for work to be over?” she asks.
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019