Founder of Freshiepick
Why have you chosen to do organic farming rather than conventional farming? As I remember, your crops were once ruined by the pest, could you share some photos with us?
Tony and Adrian, the two owners of Freshiepick met in PolyU during their Master of Design studies where they engaged a lot in topics like ecology, healthy lifestyle and future studies. As they had the chance to take over farmland in Hong Kong in May 2020 they saw it as a great opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge into practice and make a contribution that Hong Kong citizens can eat healthier. That's why it was clear from the beginning that the farm needs to be operated organically in co-existence with its natural ecosystem. Despite the higher effort which is needed to grow organically we see only benefits as the vegetables are not only healthier it also tastes better. We want people to know what they eat and where it comes from.
Tony和Adrian於理工大學修讀碩士時認識，他們於讀書期間談論了不少關於生態、健康生活以及讀書方向的話題。於2020年的5月，Tony和Adrian接手Tony爺爺的農地，繼而成立Freshiepick，他們希望將日常討論的想法化為行動，為香港人提供更健康的選擇。毫無懸念，他們選擇了有機耕作 - 雖然有機耕作比一般的耕作辛苦很多，但有機菜不只健康，而且亦更美味!
What do you expect in Hong Kong Agriculture future development?
At the moment the majority of vegetables in Hong Kong is not produced here and is coming from Mainland China. These vegetables are mostly full of chemicals whereas organic vegetables mostly coming from overseas which is also not eco-friendly. However, we are seeing an increasing demand for locally produced organic vegetables in Hong Kong but farmland is limited in Hong Kong and will be more and more reduced. That's why it would be important for organic farmers in Hong Kong to build a strong alliance together that fosters a sense of community and creates an organic farming ecosystem where customers have easy access to locally produced organic vegetables. We are also thinking that farming in Hong Kong will transform more into a learning and leisure experience for the community in the future instead of only producing that people learn how to grow their vegetables by themselves.
As I know, the farm you owned in Sheung Shui is from your grandparents, do they inspire you to start your organic farming?
Despite the hard work that farming is, it is also a privilege to be outdoors and in nature compared with sitting in an office the whole day. Tony inherits the farmer gene and it makes him proud to operate the land again that was operated by his grandfather years ago. We are also using traditional farming methods that are taught to us by Tony's grandmother who is checking the land from time to time. In this sense, it is a learning experience for us too where we combine the traditional knowledge in today's world to build the future of urban farming in Hong Kong.