Growing vegetables, one kind of work which is nearly related to university life. Have you tried digging the soil and found earthworms wriggling into the depth? Have you tried sowing different kinds of seeds and arranged the seedling in rows? Have you tried watering the vegetables everyday and waiting for harvest eagerly?
Well, I believe such experiences are quite familiar to the Farming Buddies——our residents who devoted part of their spare time to grow vegetables at the Roofgarden of Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building (AC2) under the guidance of Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) and Mr. WONG Yu Wing of Au Law Organic Farm. On 9 Dec, the farming work for Semester A ended with a meaningful event, GROW’s Harvest Day—a vegetable donation to Mr. CHAN Cheuk-ming (Ming Gor), restaurant owner and founder of Pei Ho Counterparts, for charity purpose.
The Farming Buddies programme started in late September. The student coordinator LEI Sasa (Residence Tutor, Hall 10, Year 1, MA Integrated Marketing Communication) received an overwhelming response when the program was first open for registration. “Many students considered this program as an opportunity to possess a new life experience, as nowadays many university students born and raised in urban areas have few chances to do the farming work.” Sasa told me. Through seeding, weeding and regular watering, we finally had an exciting harvest. A large portion of vegetables was harvested and donated to Ming Gor, a well-known restaurant owner who often gives out food boxes to the homeless in Sham Shui Po.
The Farming Buddies consist of students from different residence halls and some faculty members. This program has not only enabled students to learn how much efforts it takes to grow vegetables, but also developed their spirit of teamwork. The Farming Buddies programme will continue in Semester B and hopefully, you will be able to join us!
Writer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographer: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
在剛過去的一個學期裡，一班Farming Buddies 付出自己寶貴的空餘時間，在李達三葉耀珍學術樓（AC2）上的天台花園種菜，一定少不了上述的苦工了。宿生們在亞洲國際學系和歐羅有機農場創辦人黃如榮先生的協助和指導下，種出了小棠菜、西藍花、紫椰菜、冬瓜等農作物。十二月九日，Farming Buddies 參與了亞洲國際學系舉行的亞洲國際學系主辦的GROW’s Harvest Day，捐出這幾個月來的成果給北河燒臘飯店東主兼慈善組織「北河同行」創辦人陳灼明先生（明哥）作慈善用途，為上學期劃上標誌性的句號。
Farming Buddies 計劃於九月底開展，身兼舍堂十宿舍導師的學生統籌李莎莎（整合營銷傳播文學碩士生一年級）表示當時報名反應熱烈。她表示：「同學均視這活動為一次體驗另類生活方式的機會，因為現今大部分大學生從小到大都在市區生活，鮮有機會接觸農務。」經過一番育苗、除草、灌溉，Farming Buddies 終於收採到碩果累累的農作物，使人為之振奮。收成的蔬菜都捐給常在深水埗為流浪者送上愛心飯盒的餐廳東主明哥。
Farming Buddies 由城大各舍堂的宿生和不同學院的教職員組成。計劃不但讓同學領略到「粒粒皆辛苦」的道理，而且加強了團隊合作的精神。Farming Buddies 在來年會繼續招募，希望你到時也可加入！
文: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
攝: 文苳晴 (李兆基堂)