“Experiencing Classics” aims to offer opportunities for CU undergraduates to extend understanding of the classics studied through hands-on experience and actual practices in life. Farming is a process of human intervention in nature to obtain resources, which involves interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. By participating in farming practices, students can better understand ideas and views introduced in “In Dialogue with Humanity” and “In Dialogue with Nature”. They will ponder issues of agricultural ethics, and understand anew the problem of food, something they encounter every day in real life. They will be able to reflect in real context on the social and environmental issues raised in the classics.
The programme of Farming with Classics consists of three parts.
First, students are to required to watch videos in the “In Dialogue with Farming” series to learn how agriculture may shape our imagination about food and be connected with the classics.
Next, students will go on field trips to different farmlands and urban farms and reflect on the relationship between agriculture, Hong Kong society, and daily life.
Apart from that, students may also try to engage in urban farming. They may farm on the rooftop of Hui Yeung Shing Building at CUHK and reflect on their relationship with humanity and nature as they sow, harvest, or fail to harvest. Participating students will share their experiences in interviews and writing, and excellent pieces will be selected for awards and publications in the UGE News and our website.