以農耕體驗經典第一次體驗團在2018年10月6日早上舉行，三十多名師生一同在上水虎地坳村參加當地村民帶領的導賞團。以下為活動簡介：「虎地坳有老虎出沒？是新界碩果僅存的寮屋區？早期虎地坳居民從事耕種、養殖業。及至新界東北發展的土地爭奪戰，村民自學保育活動。他們於山地選種原生植物，希望吸引候鳥棲息，讓動物回歸。村民通過保育，嘗試藉著綠化將山地變回自然生態，成功說服政府暫時放棄該區的發展。是次虎地坳農耕活動，將重新思索何謂保育，並探索達爾文(Charles Darwin) 在《物種起源》中描述的人工選擇及自然選擇的實際操作，並反思盧梭在《社會契約論》中有關土地公義的討論。」
The first visit of the “Farming with Classics” series was held in the morning of 6 Oct 2018, with over thirty teachers and students taking a guided tour led by villages at Fu Tei Au Village, Sheung Shui. Here is a description of the activity: “Is there any tiger in Fu Tei Au (“Fu” means “Tiger” in Chinese)? Is it the one-and-only squatter area that remained in the New Territories? In the early days, villagers of Fu Tei Au works in the agriculture and cultivation industry. It was only since the fight for land during the new development of the North East New Territories, villagers have taken the initiative to learn conservation. In hope of hosting migrating birds and the return of animals, they planted native plants on the hills after careful selection. By means of conservation, villagers tried to restore the natural habitat through greening and successfully persuaded the government to renounce the development within the area temporarily. From this farming activity in Fu Tei Au, we may reconsider the meaning of conservation and explore the practice of man selection and natural selection described in On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, in real life. We may also reflect on the discourse on land justice proposed by Rousseau in his work The Social Contract.”
Not only can students experience classics, but they are also able to get bonus marks of the course UGFH1000: In Dialogue with Humanity and UGFH1000: In Dialogue with Nature by filling in questionnaires and writing reflections. They can have one more choice upon the topics of term paper, too. After Trip I in this series, around twenty students have written their reflections on the tour and classics. You may browse this page, Students』 Reflection on Expedition to Fu Tei Au, to know more about it.
The following album records the highlights of the tour: