The agriculture industry is responsible for up to 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It also causes a lot of food waste, from the production stage, to the transportation and then the retail stages. As such, more and more people are becoming more conscious of the food they eat and crucially, where they get it from. Local farms offer visitors a chance to consume healthier foods, free of fertilisers and pesticides, as well as support small businesses. Here are 7 local farms in Hong Kong that you should visit.
Living Farm allows you to rent your own plot of land and cultivate your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. They’ll provide the tools, fertilisers and seeds (they’ll even handle the garden care if you wish), so you can simply enjoy your harvest.
Living Farm, 199 Tai Hang Tsuen, Tai Wo Service Road West, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, 6999 8006, email@example.com, www.livingfarm.com.hk
This organic farm lets you choose from a range of fruits and vegetables, including watermelons and strawberries, lettuce, ginger, tomatoes and water spinach. There are also farming classes, sauce making classes or art jamming classes for kids. You can also rent your own plot of land and grow your own produce.
Fruitful Organic Farm, Si Pai Shek Village, Kam Sheung Road, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, 9478 7797, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fruitfulorganicfarm.com, www.facebook.com/fruitfulorganicfarm
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This farm was founded by local villagers in 2010 and practices sustainable agriculture. It hosts markets, guided tours and workshops, where you can learn how to compost with your own kitchen waste. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy the freshly harvested produce. You can visit their Life Market and Farm Market held on most Wednesdays and Sundays.
Mapopo Community Farm, Ma Shi Po Village, Fanling by Ma Shi Po Road, 9777 4750, email@example.com, https://mapopo.wordpress.com/, https://www.facebook.com/mapopo.page/
AuLaw Organic commons uses sustainable farming methods to yield fresh melons, along with beans and other organic fruits and vegetables. The crops are irrigated with clean water from underground wells and the varieties are adjusted seasonally. Additionally, the soil is regularly enriched with natural compost. The farm hosts guided tours every Sunday for visitors to try farming. Customers can place orders online or through their mobile app. Deliveries are made every day from Monday to Friday.
AuLaw Organic Commons, Tai Kong Po Village, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, 9108 1731, http://www.yuwing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.facebook.com/aulawfarm
This is a small organic garden run by an elderly couple in Nim Shue Wan, selling vegetables, herbs and fruits. They also rent plots of land to Discovery Bay residents.
Grandpa’s Garden, Nim Shue Wan, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 9137 0640
Visitors can learn to compost and plant or go pond dipping. The farm also offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables from aubergines, beetroot and spearmint to curry leaves. They also deliver straight to your door.
Dragontail Farm Ltd., Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5422 2844, email@example.com, www.leoying.wixsite.com/dragontail-farm
Here you’ll find a wide variety of carrots, heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers and eggplants. A visit costs HKD$30 (which is redeemable in fresh produce), but you must contact them in advance as walk-ins are not accepted.
Zen Organic Farm, Ping Che, Ta Kwu Ling, New Territories, Hong Kong, 6692 2671, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zeno.com.hk, www.facebook.com/zenorganic
Uncle Kun Fish Ponds
Last on our list of local farms in Hong Kong is Uncle Kun Fish Ponds. Since 1973, Uncle Kun has been providing healthy, steroid-free fish in Tai San Wai Village. As a wholesale business, it encourages bulk-buying to reduce excessive labour. Check out Fairview.com, a small enterprise that sells Uncle Kun’s fish seasonally, or contact district councillor To Ka-lun for more details regarding purchasing, volunteering or visiting the fish farm.