Hong Kong’s first rooftop urban garden – “Project Grow”
Learn how to farm in Hong Kong on the rooftop of an old factory building
By Hiufu Wong
15 November, 2011
Project Grow is a city garden located on the rooftop of a building in one of Hong Kong’s underdog neighborhoods — To Kwa Wan.
Before the 1960s, To Kwa Wan was mainly a light-industries area overshadowed by the adjacent neighborhoods of Hung Hom and Kowloon City. Today, the community is mainly made up of elderly and new immigrants living in affordable but fast deteriorating property.
“To Kwa Wan is an old neighborhood — the residents are attached to the place but it is losing its energy,” said environmentalist Pad Chu. “We are just making our tiniest effort to rejuvenate the community again.”
Chu established The Organic Farm 17 years ago and now also operates food store Simply Organic.
To set up Hong Kong’s first rooftop urban garden for the To Kwa Wan community, Chu teamed up with the Film Culture Club (HK) (HKFCC) and an up-cycling design group called re:ply Workshop.