Hong Kong’s Best Kept Secret
The beaches and trails of Hong Kong are truly a pleasant revelation to anyone new to Hong Kong. However, even for those familiar with this surprising aspect of Hong Kong, there is still another secret that only a few seem to have stumbled upon yet. What is it? Well… it’s us! GrowingSmart! 🙂
When you strike across the harbour from Central on a 30 minute ferry ride to the often forgotten island of Peng Chau, you may not expect to find us here. A British Woman and a local Hong Kong ex-teacher, plus a fantastic extended team of friends, freelancers and volunteers, coming together with the sole aim of creating a farm in order to raise awareness of permaculture in Hong Kong.
If you have been following our story, then perhaps you will remember that dismayed by the lack of genuine solutions to tackle the real environmental issues facing Hong Kong today, and inspired by the ethos of permaculture which takes farming beyond a sustainable principle to a deeply philosophical idea, we set up GrowingSmart as a social enterprise with the intention of reconnecting as many Hong Kongers as possible back to nature.
We’ve since expanded our workshops to create company team-building days, providing unique team-building activities on Peng Chau island involving history, culture, food and farming. Helping teams get to know each other outside of the office is really a powerful way to increase collaboration and productivity.
GrowingSmart are also keen to tackle the disconnect with nature amongst our youth and have created meaningful one day field trips as well as 3 or 4 day overnight environmental camps for schools.
Away from the farm, we have also made a very exciting recent move into designing and building rooftop gardens using sustainable materials. Working together we LUSH SPA HK, we put together a rooftop for the global cosmetic store built entirely from recycled pallets and used and discarded fish boxes from the dried fish markets of Sheung Wan.
LUSH requested a beautiful but functional space where customers could relax but staff could also grow some of the herbs they use in their cosmetics. We are really proud of creating a beautiful space that feels like a secret garden in middle of Hong Kong. 🙂 Contact us for more information 🙂
We are certainly very busy, however last but not least, we’ve also thoroughly enjoyed hosting our regular volunteer days which are open to the whole community. We love getting volunteers involved with anything that’s going on at the farm. Come along to a volunteer day and see what it’s all about. Dates and sign up for volunteer days are always listed on the GSLHK Meetup Page. We genuinely hope to see you there!