Grow Your Own Food: Online Academy

Want to grow your own food but not sure where to get started? Or perhaps you’re already a home gardener or urban farmer, but you’re eager to learn more from the Rooftop Republic experts? 

 

Introducing Rooftop Republic’s new programme - the Grow Your Own Food: Online Academy!

 

This is a series of online webinars, each covering different topics about growing your own food. You can join in for just one class of a topic of your choice, or you can join for as many classes as you like!

 

Every live class is hosted by a Rooftop Republic expert so you can ask any questions you may have. And each class only costs HKD$140, or you can join all classes for just HKD$600 (a $100 discount!).

Check out our FAQs here

For any enquiries, please email - [email protected]

Photo Credit: Matthieu Millet

Sign Up for Upcoming Classes

Introduction to Urban Agriculture

(FREE Class!)

  • Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: FREE!

What will you learn?

  • What are urban agriculture’s benefits and challenges

  • Overview of agriculture in Hong Kong

  • Video tour of an urban farm in Hong Kong

  • Tutorial on how to choose the right planters for home gardening

  • Learn some tips to start your own home garden

Registration is now closed for "Introduction for Urban Agriculture"

Principles of Organic Farming

  • Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: HKD$140

What will you learn?

  • What is organic farming and how is organic farming carried out in practice

  • The problems with chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, and genetic modification

  • Fundamentals of plant botany, including plant structure, photosynthesis, and factors affecting plant growth

  • How to plan your vegetable cultivation, taking into consideration weather, environment, and the Hong Kong recommended growing calendar

Registration for this class is now closed

 

Pest, Weed, and Disease Control

  • Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: HKD$140

What will you learn?

  • Principles and advice of pest, disease, and weed control

  • Common types of vegetable pests and diseases in Hong Kong

  • Common types of weeds in Hong Kong

  • How to make your own safe and organic pesticides at home

Fertilization Management

  • Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: HKD$140

What will you learn?

  • What nutrients help plants to grow

  • Different types of organic fertilizers

  • Why chemical fertilizers can be harmful for vegetables

  • How to make your own effective organic fertilizers at home and apply them to your garden

Soil Management

  • Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: HKD$140

What will you learn?

  • What are the properties and functions of soil

  • How to measure soil pH and health

  • What is the best type of soil for urban farming

  • How to maintain the health of your soil

Registration for this class is now closed.

Compost Management

  • Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: HKD$140

What will you learn?

  • What is composting and why should we compost

  • How to start composting at home: what equipment you need, what materials and ingredients are best for composting and what you should avoid

  • How to measure your compost maturity and effectiveness

  • Compost application and usage

Join all Classes!

  • Date: 12 September - 24 October 2020

  • Time: 10am-11:30am HKT

  • Location: Online interactive webinar

  • Cost: HKD$600 (purchasing indivdually would otherwise cost $700)

Purchase this package to attend all classes, and get a $100 discount!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What level of farming/gardening knowledge do I need for these classes?

A: We’ve created the Grow Your Own Food online classes so that they are suitable for beginners and intermediate urban farmers. We’ll include tips on how to start your own garden, or how to enhance your existing garden. 

 

Q: Can I just join one class / Will I miss anything if I don’t join one of the earlier classes?

A: You can join for as few or as many classes as you like! The classes are not held in any linear order, so you don’t have to worry about missing anything in a previous class as each week will cover a completely different topic. 

 

Q: How will the classes be held and what is the structure of each class?

A: In the age of social distancing, we will be holding these classes over online webinars. On the day of the webinar, we’ll send you a link to the online webinar session. Our instructors will walk through a presentation as well as show practical demonstrations for the farming methods we cover in each course. We’ll always leave time in each class to answer any questions you may have.

Q: Who is Rooftop Republic?

A: Rooftop Republic is a social enterprise based in Hong Kong. We work to create more sustainable cities and communities powered by urban farming. Since 2015, we’ve built and managed 65 urban farms, transforming under-utilised areas into vibrant natural spaces, creating sources of nutritious organic food, and engaging and empowering communities to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

 

Q: Who are the instructors?

A: The instructors for the Grow Your Own Food Academy are our in-house Rooftop Republic experts and experienced organic farmers. We’ll ensure that you’ll have a chance in every class to ask questions to the instructors.

 

Q: When is the registration deadline for each class?

A: Registration will close at 5pm the evening before each class.

 

Q: I have another question that isn’t on this list.

A: Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the event date, Rooftop Republic Urban Farming will retain a 20% administration fee.

  2. If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the event date, Rooftop Republic Urban Farming will retain 100% of the event fee.

  3. Rooftop Republic Urban Farming reserves the right to cancel events.

  4. If we cancel the event you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

  5. Rooftop Republic Urban Farming reserves the ownership and the right to publish photos and videos taken at the event, which may include participants, without prior permission, unless notified in advance of the event.

 

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© 2020 Rooftop Republic Co. Limited