Community Projects, Food Shortages, People Systems, Social Gatherings, Society, Urban Projects, Village Development — by Geoff Lawton March 10, 2011
O-Farm Hong Kong is championed by PDC graduate Yip Tsz Shing. It is a wonderful community garden where very small spaces, just a few metres (8 square metres on average), are rented by Hong Kong residents.
Some may travel up to an hour and a half each way to come and garden fresh organic food and have social interaction with other community gardeners.
This is an excellent example of community food production where it is by necessity highly organised but has an interestingly casual feel.
All kinds of food is produced here with very beautiful intricate watering systems. There are food forests and productive trees in amongst small vegetable gardens; small but very productive and diverse by nature. There are hundreds of different techniques being implemented for things such as bird scaring, tool storage, food drying, trellises and compost systems.
Then there are the lovely little personal decorative touches that you can see all around — for example in the different fences. There are small competitions held amongst gardeners for the most productive, the most diverse and of course the prize for the largest of its kind.
There is diversity in natural organic fertiliser production and food processing techniques such as the small rocket stoves used for cooking food on site. I could go on and on — there are just endless examples of interesting community garden interactions.
The neighboring small farm now has become organic under the influence of the success and popularity of o-farm.
The neighbours farm is now organic
Another example of how with community gardens we see natural local food production and co-operation which allows gardening to become therapy for individuals and the greater community. It’s a wonderful example of minimal cost for enormous asset of not just food but social interaction near one of the largest urbanised populations on earth, Hong Kong. Community gardens can be expressed in so many ways but the result is the same — better humanity.