Permaculture 1-Day Taster Course @ Ark Eden

Mr. Cran asks questions about HK's food future.

Mr. Cran asks questions about HK's food future.

On 11th January 2013, 28 students from CityU participated in the Permaculture 1-day Taster Course in Ark Eden on Lantau Island. The workshop course was instructed and illustrated by Mr. Steve Cran, a permaculture aid expert. The workshop course encouraged students to discover problems in HK in terms of environment issues and encouraged them to actively looking for solutions.

Permaculture is a short form, means "Permanent Culture". Permaculture strategies help families produce high quality, organic food with very few external inputs. The course was to teach students principles and foundations of sustainable design of permaculture. Steve first made conclusions on pollutions in Hong Kong, such as air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, etc. Then he explained the advantage of farming in our city: food production, heat insulation, beautiful views, etc. It would be a disaster if all imports of food are suspended in Hong Kong, where local food production is only accounted for 2% of food supply!

Mr. Cran showed the students the compost made on site. They were showed the liquid fertilizer and the aerobic process it involved. Students also helped Ms. Jenny Quinton, founder of Ark Eden Foundation, breaking the baffle excrement into small pieces to contribute to the compost making process.

The workshop course provided a good platform for students to get close to nature and learn about the eco-system. With the knowledge and skills learnt and practiced in this 1-day workshop, students did acquire the basic knowledge and skills about permaculture and were encouraged and motivated to participate in urban farming activities. Most importantly, they learnt not to be afraid of nature but to embrace and respect it.

Mr. Cran explains the top soil erosion on Lantau's mountains.

Mr. Cran explains the top soil erosion on Lantau's mountains.

Student harvests water from fresh spring. .

Student harvests water from fresh spring.

Mr. Cran shows the liquid fertilizer and the aerobic process.

Mr. Cran shows the liquid fertilizer and the aerobic process.