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Vanilla Growing at Home, a Masterclass by Mireia & EGC

Vanilla Growing at Home, a Masterclass by Mireia & EGC

Early bird registration: Sign up by the 14th of July to receive a $5 Tiong Bahru Bakery Voucher!

EGC is excited to collaborate with leading vanilla growers Mireia on our popular vanilla growing workshop, which aims to equip participants with the practical skills to grow vanilla in their own homes. 


Join us for Vanilla Growing at Home, a Masterclass by Mireia & EGC, and understand:

  • The history of vanilla
  • How to identify edible vanilla varieties
  • How to grow vanilla at home
  • Maintaining your plant
  • Pollinating your plant


The Masterclass includes a hands-on growing session. You will bring assemble and bring home your own vanilla plant, using materials like a fresh stem cutting provided by master growers Mireia. This class is recommended for moderate to expert growers hoping to add a new variety into your repertoire, or beginner gardeners looking for a long-term growing challenge.


This workshop is designed for participants aged 18 & above. All attendees require a ticket. Please note that the tour will be conducted in English.


*Minimum 5 pax per slot to start.


📆   17 August 2024, Saturday

⏰  10am - 12pm

📍 EDIBLE GARDEN CITY, 60 Jalan Penjara Singapore 149375


 🎟 Price: $78 (includes materials worth $40)



Purchase seats to both Vanilla Growing at Home (17 Aug) and Savour the World of Vanilla (3 Aug) and save $15.60 (10% off)! Select 'Add on: Savour the World of Vanilla (3 Aug)' in the menu and 'Add to Cart' to enjoy the bundle.


All prices include all taxes and materials.


📧 For tour/workshop participants, you will receive an email with more information at least 2 days prior to the session. If you do not see the email, please check your junk or spam folder.


About Vanilla

Part of the orchid family, vanilla is one of the most labour intensive of all agricultural products, as the entire process from cultivation to harvesting is done by hand. As a result, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, and one kilo of vanilla can cost as much as a kilo of silver.


Equally rich is the experience of growing the plant at home, which can be extremely rewarding. A plant fit for moderate to expert growers in Singapore, it takes 4 years before the first flower blooms, a spectacle that lasts a mere 12 hours, and that occurs only annually from then on.


About this Collaboration

Growing our own food is not only great for us physically, mentally and emotionally, it can also be incredibly rewarding - especially when we successfully nurture a plant from seed to fruit. Oftentimes gardeners focus on growing kitchen staples like herbs and leafy greens. But there are so many more varieties of edibles that home gardeners in Singapore are able to grow.


EGC is excited to collaborate with vanilla growers Mireia on our first-ever vanilla growing workshop, which aims to equip participants with the practical skills to grow vanilla in their own homes.


We hope that this will be the first of many partnerships between EGC and local start-up farmers, to further empower and enrich the gardening community in Singapore.


About Mireia

Mireia is a Singaporean brand growing and supplying organic artisan products specializing in vanilla. Inspired by the children of founders Charles and Juwita, Mireia was officially established as a company in 2019. They are Singapore’s first vanilla bean plant cultivator and vanilla processor. Mireia’s first project involved growing 45 vanilla vines at the Hanging Gardens-Mexican Roots exhibition at Garden by the Bay’s 10th Anniversary. They are continuously expanding our vanilla plantations in Singapore and now have close to 400 plants, working together with schools and local institutions, such as Shatec, Kinderland, and more to come. Mireia’s goal is to make Singapore one of the leading vanilla bean suppliers locally and globally.


About the Trainer

Charles Santoso is the founder and CEO of Mireia Pte Ltd, Singapore’s first and only Vanilla Bean Cultivator and Processor in Singapore. Before starting his business in vanilla, Santoso also knew next to nothing about Vanilla cultivation. In his past life, he was a well-qualified real estate professional in Asset and Investment Management. 


He started planting Vanilla 10 years ago in their backyard and learned about vanilla cultivation and curing from farmers in Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Currently, he is managing Mireia Pte Ltd with more than 300 plants cultivated in Singapore and aiming to establish Singapore's preeminent position as one of the world's leading Vanilla producing countries, growing healthy organic Vanilla for sale as a fresh product.


  • Safe Distancing Measures and frequent cleaning will be implemented to keep participants and trainers safe. The measures include but are not limited to:

    1. Anyone displaying flu-like symptoms will be asked to go home, or seek immediate medical attention.

    2. Mask-wearing optional, but encouraged.

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