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Organic Farming

 

 

In March 2007, Safety and Environmental Protection Office (SEPO) established the Organic Farming Club with full support from the Students' Environmental Interest Group, the Staff Association and Estates Management Office (EMO) Horticulture Unit. The farm land with 1,800 square feet area is located at the lawn area outside LG7. Starting from April, over 100 staff members and students were recruited. Due to the overwhelming response from the staff and students, about 70 members in the first group can only enjoy the fun of farming for three months from April to June. To enhance members' knowledge on organic farming, SEPO arranged an in-house technical seminar and a training provided by the "Produce Green" in April. The training fee was paid by course participants. EMO and SEPO provide technical support for the daily operation of the organic farming. The Students' Environmental Interest Group and the Staff Association jointly manage the recruitment and the administration work for club members. If you are interested in joining the club, please email to the Staff Association staff@ust.hk or the Students' Environmental Interest Group hkust.ea@gmail.com for more information.

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In the technical seminar, Professor Raymond Wong of the Department of Biochemistry, Mr Jack Chan of the EMO Horticulture Unit and Dr Samuel Yu of SEPO shared their experience with members of the Organic Farming Club.  Professor Yuk-Shan Wong, Vice-President for Administration and Business, Mr Mike Hudson of EMO, Dr Joseph Kwan of SEPO, representatives from the Staff Association and the Students’ Environmental Interest Group in the “Kick-off Ceremony” for Organic Farming. The ceremony was held in the “HKUST Safety, Health and Environmental Week” in April 2007.
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Members enjoyed organic farming during lunch time.  
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Students joined a field trip to Treetop Cottage in late March enjoying hands-on practices on organic farming. Cultivation by our student teams, such as tomatoes, carrots, mints and amaranth.