Urban Agriculture

Don't be down on the urban farm

The idea of Hong Kong wedding banquets offering locally grown produce rather than exotic species, or of a restaurant serving vegetables grown on its rooftop, might seem of little more than novelty value.

Sunday, 28 August, 2011, 12:00am

Designer sows creativity in Mainland agriculture

The 10,000-year-old science of agriculture may do little to get the creative juices flowing in your average Chinese entrepreneur.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Growing enjoyment of hobby farming

Don't be surprised if one of your friends invites you home for dinner and serves you home-grown vegetables.

It might not seem possible for urban Hongkongers to grow their own food, but hobby farming is becoming a trend.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Organic farming takes root in HK

Michelle Obama dug up part of the White House lawn to grow vegetables, and Queen Elizabeth II did something similar at Buckingham Palace. Jacqueline Hampshire, a member of the Hong Kong Gardening Society, also grows her own vegetables in her flower-filled South Lantau garden.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Graze the roof

There's a green revolution taking hold in Hong Kong households, and it has nothing to do with energy saving or recycling. Where once a neglected dracaena or the yellowing saw-toothed leaves of a sword fern might have sat forgotten in the corner of a balcony, you're now more likely to find the plump purple fruit of an aubergine, or the crisp fresh aroma of a small mint bush.

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

With commandos standing guard outside with fixed bayonets, the first war crimes trial of Japanese in Hongkong began at the Supreme Court on March 28. Spectators began streaming into the No5 War Crimes Court, including some well-dressed Chinese women.

24 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Elderly folk show off green fingers in community garden

Project allows over-60s to grow vegetables, make friends

Having a garden in which you can plant whatever you like is little more than a dream for Hong Kong's high-rise dwellers.

But in a corner of Tsuen Wan Park, more than 200 elderly people and their families are growing their own organic vegetables and flowers.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

City slickers make a beeline for the allotment


In the newspapers and weekend colour supplements everything has gone green - adverts, features, news. Not green in the political sense, but verdant.

28 May 2008 - 12:00am

Time for green fingers to take to the rooftops

If there is one thing the community yearns for, it is more green open space in our urban jungle. People crave to get closer to nature, and most children want to get down and dirty in the great outdoors when given the chance. However, visiting country parks is not always possible during weekdays.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Full of beans

Oblivious to the drilling from nearby garages and the constant hum of traffic, Kenvia Wong Kam-wah and his family are busily harvesting vegetables from a plot near Man Cheong Street in Tai Kok Tsui. It's part of a string of community gardens across the city that are catering to Hongkongers' yearning to get closer to nature and exercise their green thumbs.

19 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The guerilla gardeners - urban heroes or silly sods?

The mission briefing from the guerilla leader was concise and simple: rendezvous at the intersection of Westminster Bridge Road and St George's Road in south London at precisely 8pm on Tuesday evening.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Farmers to be trained in skills for urban life

The programme follows calls by leaders to improve the lot of rural residents

The central government has launched an ambitious programme to provide vocational training to farmers who want to find jobs in urban areas.

15 Apr 2003 - 12:00am