Trip III: Farmers on the Roof
Hong Kong is long deemed as a concrete jungle with little green open space for public use. As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, more and more people are farming on the rooftop. So how does a rooftop farm differ from a regular farm? Is rooftop farming in conflict or harmony with the urban environment? That is what we tried to look into in this trip.
We visited an urban farm on the rooftop of an industrial building in Tsuen Wan. After that, we returned to our rooftop farm at Hui Yeung Shing Building, CUHK, assembling planter boxes and preparing the potting mix for the farm. Farming on the rooftop seems a way to shake off all our cares in the world. Does it therefore make us a deformed Shu from the Zhuangzi, apt at preserving the body and the mind? Does it help us experience the Harmony between Nature and Man, a much valued concept in the scientific development in China, according to Joseph Needham in The Shorter Science and Civilization in China? Through the visit, students were inspired to reflect on these classics-related questions.
Other than experiencing the classics, students joining this trip could gain bonus marks in UGFH1000 or UGFN1000 by completing a post-trip questionnaire and writing a reflective essay. They also had one more question to choose from for the term paper. Some of the excellent writings can be found here.