30 November, 2012
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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A group of philosophy students participated in a service-learning programme at the Catholic Sustainable Garden of Joy in Yuen Long, whereby they contemplated the relationship between man and nature under capitalism, and Hong Kong’s development which allows commerce to take precedence over agriculture.

Following the controversies over conservation and development, such as the latest debates on the development of Lung Mei Beach in Tai Po and northeast New Territories, many people in Hong Kong are re-thinking our way forward.

This year the Office of Service-Learning has arranged students of the course “Doing Philosophy” to work at the Catholic Sustainable Garden of Joy in Yuen Long, which aimed at inspiring them to re-think Hong Kong’s commerce-centric development. The participants were required to arrange tours and visits, design a development plan for the Garden and work on the farm. The farming team rolled up their sleeves and got smeared in mud and sweat working in the fields from 8 am.

Some students also promoted organic farming to residents of Tin Shui Wai on 24 November, during which they introduced the vision and theory of organic farming, and shared their farming experience and the importance of treasuring food.