Carrots on the roof: Urban farming for Hong Kong?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Restaurants in Hong Kong could and should step up to the plate, so to speak. Vegetarian cafés1 are popping up slowly but surely. Cafés in Wan Chai and Central, for example, are sourcing their ingredients from organic farms in the New Territories and expanding their businesses2. This demonstrates that green businesses in Hong Kong can be economically sustainable and thrive3.

It’s not just about eating, it’s about education too. Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane, Australia uses an abandoned site as an urban farm to teach the community how food is grown and how to grow their own food. The farm hosts weekly community activities to educate and involve local residents in agricultural practices. Urban farms can be utilized as an educational tool to teach kids about healthy eating and meaningful physical activity.

We could do the same in Hong Kong. Eat better and treat the environment better.

1 Slow Experience, a vegetarian café in Wan Chai, is a good example of this.

2 South China Morning Post, 22 August 2011

3 Life Café in Central is going strong after more than 6 years by the escalator in Soho (www.lifecafe.com.hk)

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