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e-Farm

26 Jun

e-Farm is a group of enthusiasts from different walks of life and of different ages with one common goal– doing something for our community and our environment. e-Farm practices organic farming with a target of making it environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

e-Farm Goals
efarm 21. Offering safe and healthy vegetable produce
Farming requires skills to cope with natural threats but the practice of improving yield by using chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) causes environmental and health issues that harm the farming industry in the end. Organic farming follows the principles of nature and it sustains the environment.

2. Keeping organic farms thriving
e-Farm promotes environmentally friendly models of agriculture to attract more people to join the trade to keep organic farming thriving.

efarm 33. Preserving valuable knowledge of our ancestors
Farming is an old trade. The collective wisdom of our ancestors on farming is our invaluable asset and it is our job to preserve it and pass it on to our children.

4. Researching for new farming techniques
Through trials and errors, e-Farm has an improved the understanding of nature and have identified more effective farming techniques. e-Farm will learn more by researching further.

5. Sharing farm knowledge
Nowadays, organic farming is getting more popular and sharing among farmers is crucial to sustainability of the trade. e-Farm loves to share our farming techniques and experience with other farmers and those who are interested in organic farming.

efarm6. Educating laypeople and school children
Greenhouse effect, toxic fruits and vegetables, carbon footprints… there are a lot of environment issues that we, whether young or old, all need to work on together.

7. Maintaining a get-away destination for urban dwellers
Anyone who looks for a get-away destination can come to e-Farm’s quiet, peaceful and natural environment to relax.

What you can do:
Volunteer – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get their hands dirty!

Community Gardening – Let e-Farm be your backyard! e-Farm welcomes urban dwellers to come and grow produce on their farm- All you need to bring along is a pair of work boots, e-Farm will provide the rest: seeds, young plants, fertilizers, tools and guidance.

Bring the Kids – There is nothing more exciting than a child’s enthusiasm and wonder about the natural world. e-Farm wants to teach the next generation to love and respect the natural environment and believe the best way to learn is by getting involved.
e-Farm hopes you will bring your child to their farm to explore the plants, insects and animals – in the stream, field and forest.
Veggie exploration: See what kind of seasonal produce is being grown and learn to identify a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs
Stream exploration: see frogs, fish, shrimps, etc. in their natural habitat
Forest exploration: Hike through the forest surroundings, spot butterflies, birds and other small creatures in their natural environment

You don’t need to live off the grid or grow your own crop in order to protect the environment. Simply do your bit to protect the environment and you can make big changes happen!

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact e-Farm by sending them an email at efarmhk@gmail.com

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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.

Justice
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.

Love
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.

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

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

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

Happiness
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.