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Urban rooftop farms take root above Hong Kong

City Farm’s Osbert Lam holding a pumpkin he just harvested at his organic farm. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez) (Must see video of the rooftop farm. Mike)

Rooftop farming is gaining traction around Asia, but in densely populated Hong Kong, where rooftops are aplenty, urban farms are only still beginning to seed.

By Roland Lim,
Hong Kong Bureau Chief,Channel NewsAsia
20 Jul 2015
(See video of rooftop. Mike)


HONG KONG: In the unlikeliest of places, above a 14-storey industrial building’s rooftop, in the island’s eastern district of Quarry Bay, a patch of green stands out.

Local entrepreneur Osbert Lam wanted out of the rat race five years back and turned his passion project into a viable business.

His modest farm, less than a quarter of a football pitch in size, has up to 500 planter boxes available for rent at US$20 a month.

For many green-fingered enthusiasts, it is also respite from the city’s crowded streets.

” We can grow crops all year round, that’s the advantage of a sub-tropical climate,” City Farm founder Osbert Lam said. “You have more selection in the winter time, less options in summer time, but still you can grow about 30 to 40 different crops in the summer, melons, squash and beans and herbs as well.”

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