A BIT ABOUT OUR LOVELY FARMERS
One of the most authentic experiences in Hong Kong is to go and visit the farms. Not only because of the landscape that brings us far from high-rises, noise and pollution but even more because we have the privilege to be exposed to the local farming reality and the lives of our farmers and friends. Throughout the past years, the farmers have told us stories and have generously shared with us their great knowledge of this difficult and challenging work that is family farming.We are happy to introduce you to some of them and we hope we can get you closer to them!
Our farmers make their own compost with their grass and other organic green leftovers. They cannot (according to the organic regulations) use chicken manure as Hong Kong regulation prohibits using this. The farms who use chicken manure must import this and it must be certified organic as stated in the rules. Some of the organic farms, however, keep goats and they are allowed to use their manure for fertiliser.
We are happy to introduce you to some of our farmers below so that you can learn more about them!
FARMER: MR FUNG - YUEN LONG & KUNMING, YUNNAN
Mr Fung has been a pioneer in Hong Kong for organic agriculture: he took part in the creation of HOFA (Hong Kong Farming Association), now called SEED (Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development). He has one farm in Hong Kong and one in Kunming, across the border in China. The one in Kunming is certified organic by the Canada Organic Association and is accredited by USDA and IFOAM. He is a veritable grower and passionate about raising awareness on organic agriculture and natural farming.
FARMER: MR KWOK - YUEN LONG
Mr Kwok is a natural born farmer. He is very passionate and is doing this on a volunteer basis. He is very knowledgeable about all kinds of farming techniques and he quenches our thirst for knowledge under a shady shelter in front of his produce. Even if always very busy, he never quits his smile from his face and passes on his enthusiasm and serenity not only to us visitors but to the farm itself!
FARMER: MR & MRS MAN - PING CHE, FANLING
As we like to see her, Mrs. Man gambles with crops during the most difficult seasons. You may find unexpected vegetables at a certain time of the year. As she puts it, by being a farmer you become able to accept different courses of life as you cannot predict nature and its fruits. She is a very strong lady who accepts the weather adversities that can impact her crop with an optimistic smile.
MR WONG (BROTHER SO) - YUEN LONG
Mr Wong is very proud of each and every crop he grows. Although he never tells us, we can see the tremendous amount of effort, love and care he puts into farming by the gorgeous looking veggies we receive every time! His farm is beautifully cared of and everything has its own place. We love to walk between the rows of his produce where the smell of his beloved herbs is pure joy.
FARMER: MR YU - FANLING
Mr Yu’s farm is a nice patch of land, surrounded by spontaneous fruit trees or cassava trees. He is the one who explained how he rotates his crop and lets it rest for few months during the summer in order to strengthen the soil for the new season. As a natural fertilizer, he plants some weeds to nourish the soil. He would let them grow tall until he is ready to start planting the new seeds.
FARMER: YUKIS AND MRS. TANG - PING CHE, FANLING
Yukis is a young lady with her own job but with the big chance of living in the family farm that her mum is still able to take care of. Mrs. Tang, works in the farm tirelessly to grow any kind of vegetable in the huge patch of land they have. Thanks to the generational gap of mum and daughter, they grow many of the classical Western vegetables that we cherish not omitting other local varieties like cassava, taro, yellow melon, bitter cucumbers and others.