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Monday, 19 June 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Youths learn to plant vegetables and turn food waste into compost

SOME 30 people learned how to plant vegetables and prepare compost in a talk and workshop in Disted College, Penang.

It is organised by Green Youth with guidance from Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

The participants were first given a pot each and seeds to start them off and then they learned how to compost food waste.

CAP education officer N.V. Subbarow led the talk and also brought out several pots of healthy growing greens to prepare the participants for their green thumb experience.

“Composting is important because it lets us recycle our food waste to grow food for ourselves.

“The participants were taught to plant chillies, siew pak choy, okra and cauliflower.

Subbarow showing participants a healthy plant.
Subbarow showing participants a healthy plant.  

“These are rather easy to care for. It will be a good learning experience,” Subbarow said recently.

Green Youth founder Calvin Chan said this was the first time that the organisation held such an event.

“We organised it to mark World Environment Day which fell on June 5.

“We had youths aged between 18 and 21 plus two parents joining in,” he said.

Chan said the organisation’s objective was to build leaders through a green platform.

Oo Yee Wings, 21, was excited to take part in the event.

“We have been trying our best to reduce the amount of kitchen waste in our house.

“We use orange peels instead of air fresheners in our toilets.

“Now that I’ve learned how to convert kitchen waste into compost, I can teach my family members to use compost for plants in our garden,” said Yee Wings.

For details on Green Youth and its activities, visit