Farming the city: urban agriculture in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has joined the urban farming movement and is catching up fast. Rooftop Republic turns rooftops and empty walls into customized farming solutions and has established 50 urban farms in the city since 2015. Certified horticulturist and agriculture inspector Fai Hui operates his brainchild Wildroots Organic in Sheung Shui, while Common Farms has been supplying premium microgreens and edible flowers to some of Hong Kong’s leading restaurants since 2017. In the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay, you can even find Farmacy, which grows more than 300 herb, microgreen, and edible flower species.

Relatively new to the scene is the Farm Club by Agrician. Founded by Jack Leung, the indoor vertical farm is located in a former bicycle warehouse in Fo Tan, where it grows an impressive selection of leafy greens, herbs, microgreens, edible flowers, and tomatoes using the mobile and modular hydroponics structure Farm Wall, made by the Canadian agricultural technology company ZipGrow.

On a tour of Farm Club, Leung summarizes how everything came to fruition in early 2021. “I’ve always been intrigued by produce sourcing because my family is in the F&B industry. I’m painfully aware that most ingredients we cook with in Hong Kong, both in restaurants and at home, are imported. When I was in Rotterdam, I came across Agritecture, the world’s first floating farm, and was in awe of the operation. They showed me the endless possibilities of farming in an urban setting and got me thinking I could do something similar in Hong Kong.”

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