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13445486_10155561553261959_7141163477746409842_nUrban farming is much more than just simply growing food in urban spaces!

Zooming into Hong Kong SAR, a place where I spent my childhood and now residing; there is close to 8 million people packed into just 30% of a total of 1104km2. This made the financial center one of the most densely populated city to live in. Yet, through social innovation, Hong Kong can offer huge potential to showcase how urban farming can co-exist with – and also transform – city living in a dense landscape of skyscrapers in rapidly urbanising cities in China and also the rest of the World.

As urban farmers, it is our strong conviction that urban farming could bring much more to cities than just equipping city dwellers for a wonderful hobby, or opportunities to get in touch with nature, or to educate the next generation about the environment. For these in-city farming spaces are effective relational platforms that urban communities need for people to reconnect with their food sources and with one another.

My team and I at Rooftop Republic Urban Farming are excited to share with you on what we have learnt from some of our projects and how we are humbly transformed through the interactions with different stakeholders and cross-sector collaborations. These include beneficiary NGOs, sponsor corporations, education institutions, volunteer farming teams, building experts, organic farming experts and so on. These projects have demonstrated that the yield of vegetables is not necessarily the only or primary objective of farming activities. The fostering of close-knitted community bonding is just as significant, if not more.

Impactful projects like these have also planted seeds in all of us, urging us all to press on with the quest to transform the city’s social and physical landscapes; the same quest we share in growing this urban farming eco-system as we continue to transform idling urban spaces into productive green lungs in the city space.

So let us get started and join the tribe of urban farmers. Looking forward to learn more in our interaction and you are most welcomed to visit our urban farms in Hong Kong!

For more info please contact Andrew Tsui Ka

Co-Founder of Rooftop Republic Co. Ltd

Facebook: Rooftop Republic Urban Farming

Website: www.rooftoprepublic.com

 

081913_Won-soon-ParkHello and welcome. I deeply appreciate all the citizens, authorities of community organisations and foreign operators from overseas. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been putting great efforts to revive Seoul as the city of life and enrich the lives of citizens through urban agriculture with our citizens.

Citizens practise urban agriculture in various ways, from their own farm to their roof gardens or balconies, and communicate and share with each other through urban agriculture. In addition to producing safe food, urban agriculture is the activity where learning, work and play happen at once, and is bringing liveliness to the dreary city in the midst of arising community spirit.

At this year’s Seoul Urban Agriculture Expo 2016 International Conference, speakers from 10 different countries, including Korea, Japan, China/Hong Kong, USA, German, France, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and Italy, will be joining together for the theme of ‘Urban Agriculture and Coexistence’.

It is the place to share various urban agriculture cases in Seoul and major cities of Korea, and also the place for scholars and practitioners around the world where urban agriculture is active to discuss the innovation as a sustainable city through urban agriculture. I hope this event will serve as the foundation of networking for all urban farmers, scholars and experts around the world.

I would like to express my gratitude for all urban farmers and organisations of Seoul that worked very hard for the International Conference, and the city of Seoul will work harder to create Seoul into the city of community, the city of life where citizens cultivate kitchen gardens and grow happiness together. Thank you.

Won-Soon Park - Mayor of Seoul