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There are many rooftops in Hong Kong, but unfortunately many are left neglected. Private residential high rises, old industrial buildings and commercial towers paint an unflattering grey canvas in our concrete jungle. Wouldn’t it be great if this picture were dotted with different hues of green? Over the past 4 years rooftop farms have sprung up, slowly adding little green dots to our city.

In fact we even tried it out ourselves at CityFarm for a few years. The first impression is amazement as it feels like nature’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. How can you have a farm in one of the densest cities as a backdrop?

Rooftop farm in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

It was fun having two vegetable plots and wonderful tasting the fruits of our labor. 

At the moment, this movement is going slow and we appreciate how some organizations are working hard to educate the public. It’s a realistically a hobby(we only harvested 5 total meals of veggies) at this very stage, but wouldn’t it be great if this was a feasible way of bringing, quite literally, locally grown produce downstairs to our Wet Markets? What about having neigborhood farm groups where it’s communal. For the pioneers (major kudos) out there, nothing is stopping them as they are showing that anything is possible in our small footprint no matter the obstacles! Closeup picture of baby bok choy in Quarry Bay rooftop farmCooked baby bok choy with garlic

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