Hong Kong is not the easiest place for finding cheap locally grown organic produce. Visiting a working farm tucked away in the countryside from time to time seems almost impossible for busy city dwellers. Now up in the air of this concrete jungle, there are several green spots blooming with fresh food! From large roof gardens to small planter boxes and beehives – follow the Little Steps Guide to Urban Farming in Hong Kong and get ready for getting your hands dirty!
Leisure Farm is founded by one of the many mums who share the same passion for healthy food. Believing that education is the foundation of sustainability, they teach kids to go organic by holding parent-child farming workshops and events. Apart from regular courses, the two-hour intensive class is ideal for busy beginners. They also produce their own wood ashes and teach you how to make your own derris insecticide.
Convenience is gold in Hong Kong and City Farmobviously knows the game! Located in Tai Koo Shing, Kwun Tung and Tsuen Wan, they have rooftop farms spread across all three main territories so as to make sure farming enthusiasts do not have to travel far for their crops. All locations are open eleven hours a day and seven days a week. Farming box comes in three sizes and they offer courses tailor-made for beginner, intermediate and advanced farmers.
Not all roof gardens are disability friendly. Luckily, Urban Oasis gets it taken care of! Located under flyovers, all facilities in this 45,000 square foot Ngau Tau Kok urban lung are designed to ensure full accessibility. There are 350 plots on the site and some of the planter boxes are constructed specifically for wheelchair users.
Urban Oasis, 2A Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Choi Hung MTR Exit A2), +852 2718 3008, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.urbanoasis.org.hk. Farming workshops and tours of the park are held regularly. They also recruit volunteers all year round.
Green Roof Asia is founded by a team of professionals with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban ecology and gardening. This company endeavors to create beautiful and sustainable living roofs that are supported by comprehensive research and scientific backing. Apart from conventional ways of urban agriculture, they are also eager to introduce more innovative farming and food production techniques to green roofs.
Green Roof Asia, 9/F Caltex House, 258 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2719 3383, email@example.com, www.greenroofasia.com
HK Honey, established in 2010, is a network of bee farms and beekeepers in Hong Kong and has installed a number of beehives on their rooftop farm in Ngau Tau Kok. Their urban beekeeping workshops teach you everything you need to know about beekeeping ethics, beehive maintenance and honey harvesting. They also give bilingual beeswax candle-making workshops.