In Hong Kong, the proportion of elderly aged 65 and over has increased over the years, and was 17.9% in 2019. What will a city with more older people look like?
Urban farming areas can help to make our city and its communities more age-friendly ⓘ. By providing space and opportunities for the elderly to engage in gardening activities, the elderly can spend their time more meaningfully, learn new skills and interact with people from different age groups. Community gardens are also a space thereby promoting intergenerational bonding ⓘ.
Here are some activities that can be held at farming spaces to cater to the needs and interests of the elderly, and promote intergenerational bonding.
Eating food grown by oneself without chemical pesticides and fertilisers
Gardening as light and moderate physical activity
Increased time spent in nature with fresh air and sunlight
Learning new skills such as organic farming and composting
Learning about concepts related to sustainability such as composting food waste and circular economy
3. Community Recreation
Taking part in gardening activities with others
Taking part in community activities like film screening, yoga sessions and live music concerts at the edible space
Turning an underused public space into a lively edible garden
Increasing green space in the city for everyone to enjoy
4. Urban Improvement
Contributing to the efforts of a wider community by participating in the edible space
Taking on leadership roles in the edible space
5. Social Empowerment
6. Social Group Integration
Gardening together with people from all walks of life in the neighbourhood
Building stronger ties with others in the community
Social Value of Urban Farming
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CHALLENGES OUR CITY IS FACING
As our cities develop, different challenges emerge, such as ageing, declining mental health, and environmental unsustainability. How do you think urban edible spaces can address them? Take a look at some of the challenges below and see how urban farming area can help.
People in Hong Kong are suffering from poor and worsening mental health. In 2020, people in Hong Kong scored just 45.12 on the Well-Being Index in 2020, below the satisfactory level of 52. Mental health issues can affect nearly everyone in the society in Hong Kong, such as the elderly, working population and adolescents. How have you been feeling?
Connecting with nature itself is a therapeutic activity. Through incorporating mindfulness ⓘ elements into gardening activities, urban farming area can also help to improve our mental wellbeing and help us relax. Moreover, urban gardening communities can be a source of support amongst its members.
Check out some of the activities that can be held at farming area to promote mental wellbeing and relaxation.
Global warming and climate change threatens all life on our planet,
and we are making it worse in Hong Kong because our ways of consuming things are very unsustainable. A recent study found Hong Kong people throw away 196 tonnes of clothes every day, and a third of their clothes are never worn. What is your lifestyle like?
Urban farming can teach us many things when it comes to environmental sustainability, from food miles ⓘ to circular economy ⓘ. Members of the garden can learn about and implement sustainable and ecological principles in urban community gardens. These principles can also be transferred to our daily lives, such as recycling and composting.
Check out some of the activities that can be held at urban farming spaces to educate participants on different concepts related to sustainability.