Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG)

29 Mar

kadoorie farm view from the topNestled in the foothills of Hong Kong’s highest mountain – Tai Mo Shan lies an experimental farm that is also home to Hong Kong’s indigenous flora and fauna. Welcome to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), the only place in KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHong Kong where you can see barking deer, wild boar, leopard cats, bats kadoorie farm orchidall indigenous to Hong Kong’s lush countryside, next to orchid houses, butterfly gardens and an experimental organic farm.

At the entrance to this 148 hectare farm with its deep-set valley, streams, woodlands and vegetable terraces stands a ‘Heung’ tree. This tree indigenous to Hong Kong was and is prized for it’s fragrant resin which can be used in the production of incense for memorial ceremonies or aroma relaxation. In the late middle Ming Dynasty, related incense products were manufactured in large scale in regions of New Territories and outlying islands. The products prevailed in the entire nation. Because Hong Kong is the main export and transit place of incense products, people regarded this place as the “incense harbour” literally, and Hong Kong, the exact pronunciation in Cantonese, became the name of our city. Today with wild trees illegally harvested to near extinction it stands as a reminder of the mission of the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

One Response to “Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG)”

  1. RagDollsRising March 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    This sounds like quite a place. Hope to see that part of the country some day!

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