#9 Organic farming experience 都市農夫體驗

久不久聽到身邊的朋友分享:「我最近當了都市農夫,希望可以自給自足,吃得健康,還可以舒展筋骨,來個簡簡單單的週末......」百般好處言猶在耳,剛好和聲書院又有個有機耕種計劃,我就興致勃勃地去申請一塊小田地,開始我的有機務農大計!(同學如有興趣,請密切留意書院下學期的有機耕種計劃)


種花種草種菁苔都有試過,唯獨種那吃得落肚的倒沒有什麼經驗。説到底,農務乃是一門專業,在好些國家更有大學專修課程。為了彌補不足,不得不下點功夫,從書本和朋友身上取經。但有些知識還是要從實戰經驗中學習的。書本說要翻泥除草,但不會告訴我,從泥土內會翻出一家十口的昆蟲蟑螂!眼見他們隨著泥土被翻來覆去,只能跟他們說聲"打擾了,不好意思"。書本説要整地堆肥,但細閱內容才驚覺,天然發酵肥要一個月前開始準備!朋友還告訴我,不同的蔬菜還得配合不同氮磷鉀比例的肥料才能種出肥大肉厚的蔬果!以前讀書還偶有接觸這些元素,但它們在農耕的應用我已忘得一乾二淨。心想:果然是萬事起頭難!我的小田地要到什麼時候才能「修成正果」啊?儘管還未感受到半點好處,既然已經定下了目標,就要盡力一試吧!下回再跟大家分享一下小田地的進度。

從這次分享,你知道:

落手做,好玩過紙上談兵

睇書唔好淨睇標題

書到用時方恨少


Some friends of mine have been the metropolitan farmers for some time. Their sharing of the good things about being a farmer is that one can enjoy fresh and organic farm-to-dish veggies and a refreshing moment that can bring us back to the basic needs. About a month ago, I took the chance to join the college organic farming scheme and started my plan of being a metro farmer! (Stay tuned for the organic farming scheme in the next semester)


Farming can be an art and require expert knowledge. I have been planting flowers and mosses at home, but I know nothing about farming edible plants. So I have studied books and other information from my farmer friends. But there is something that you can only learn from experiences, not on papers. The books have never told me that weeding the soil will bring families of insects and cockroaches to the surface. One won’t know that it takes a month to prepare the organic fertilizers from scratch until reading through every sentence of that chapter. Although I have learned about nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium as a science student, I have totally forgotten their uses in farming. Well, it’s always difficult to get started! Though I have not experienced the good things about being a farmer as yet, I will keep my goal and do my best! Let me share the progress with you next time.

From this message, you know:

Books are references, it's more fun to get your hands on

Read thoroughly, not just the title

It’s when you need the knowledge that you regret you are not learning enough


Ellis Fok Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong