If there is any topic today that could potentially affect the whole of humanity, it would be climate change. In the city of Hong Kong, over 60% of the carbon emission comes from energy generation, while 90% of the energy used in Hong Kong are consumed by buildings.
Over the last weekend, we…
Great initiative from The Good Lab and I’m curious about the DIY Aquaponics.
Beekeeping practices that prevent CCD
I was watching the following video about Colony Collaspse Disorder and how organic practices with beekeeping can alleviates the issues of CCD.
and soon after I independently and in a unrelated way came across the Permaculture Playing Cards on permies.com, especially there were that screenshot of the 6 of diamond card with info on honey bees that complement the organic ways of beekeeping:
To the organic and permaculture beekeeping guidelines I would add the two following advices as well:
- Use top-bar hives
- Make water available to bees in shallow dish/bowl with partially submerged stones
So for the sake of the bees, if you know a conventional beekeeper, pass them this information.
I was finally able (after a month of my lover keeping these beauties) to get out and photograph them! So happy to be a part of hosting such perfect creatures.
Our Seed exchange Events in Hong Kong
About two weeks ago, we’ve organised our second Seed Exchange Night which turned out to be great success. Quite a few valuable heirloom seeds have changed hands on that evening.
We will be making this activity a monthly event from now on.
Check out the schedule here.
What is it about?
seeds: “the unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant” —wikipedia
organic seeds: seeds from organically grown plants. Because GM seeds are often not labelled, this is the only way to insure you do not end up with GM seeds.
hybrid seeds: seeds obtained from cross pollination of plants. Often associated with poor resistance to disease, lack of productivity, loss of original locally-adapted varieties. To be avoided completely. Instead go for open pollinated seeds.
open pollination: This is when pollination is performed by insects, bird, winds, humans or other natural means. This lead to very diverse varieties which give chances for some to adapt to a locale. The seed from these plants will remains true generation after generation as long as the pollen is not shared between different varieties of the same species.
heirloom seeds: traditional seeds that are obtained from open-pollination over many generations.
seed saving: “In agriculture and gardening, seed saving (sometimes known as brownbagging ) is the practice of saving seeds or other reproductive material (e.g. tubers) from vegetables, grain, herbs, and flowers for use from year to year for annuals and nuts, tree fruits, and berries for perennials and trees” —wikipedia
seed bank: It is a facility for storing seeds for later use or exchange. In its simplest form it could just be your personal seeds collection. Depending on the intent, he can also be a more activist endeavour aimed at preserving seeds which are threatened with extinction.
seed vault: It is a very secured facility aimed at preserving as biodiverse a collection as possible of heirloom seeds’ genetic asset and protecting them from regional and global crisis
seed library: an organisation that organise the exchange or the lending of seeds. Lending here means you take the seed to grow plants and save some seeds from them that you return to the seed library. It differs from seed banks in that a seed library is not focused on storing, but on distributing and propagating seeds.
seed exchange event: an event where people swap seeds between each other, exchange tips and share success and problems.
seed exchange network: a mailing list of people who send by post seeds to each other. It’s like a pen-pal network but where the seeds are the message.
Why do we do this?
Because we like to meet over lunch or dinner, talk about planting, exchanging tips and organic seeds. Sometimes the seeds are quite of exotic origin or uncommon variety. Sometimes someone knows how to save the seed from a particular plant.
Seeds make for great photos and great conversation starter.
At the end it makes for a fun and social evening.
It’s also a nice way to grow your seeds collections without the need for money.
You don’t have to use the seeds, you can add them to our collection for later usages or for later exchanges event (In Hong Kong, store them in the fridge, but if you know you won’t use them for years, freeze them).
This event is also a good place for sharing culture for making cheese, kefir water/milk and kombucha.
Finally, I believe this type of event is very important for preserving, protecting, propagating food biodiversity and contribute to Food Sovereignty. With the consolidation in the seed industry and the constant threat from GM-imposing corporations, we need to keep doing this for the sake of ourselves and of our children and their access to healthy, diverse, local, seasonal food.
I would like to connect this Hong Kong event to other seed exchange networks in order to keep feed more seeds to our attendees. If you know some network, please let us know.
At the moment, the seeds circulating among us are from Hong Kong, Bali, Thailand, Canada, Italy, UK. Hong Kong and its subtropical climate can grow a wide range of plant varieties.
Wow I like weird fruits and I have only heard of three of these before. Only actually tried one-the kiwano melon. I eat those regularly.
I made the mistake once of trying the African cucumber. It, uh. Tastes like cucumber. Yeah.
i’ve definitely seen several of these on star trek because space fruit is expensive to export. #thinkintergallactic #buylocalBecause saying “Ground Cherry” or “Tomatillo” (you know, like the thing that makes Salsa Verde) is not nearly exotic as “Physalis”
especially since physalis is latin for “bladder”
I have only tasted three of these. How about you?
上星期五Good Lab 首次舉辦了Good Marketplace好概念市集。Good Marketplace主要是為了讓大家來到Good Lab，參訪我們的共用工作空間，以及認識一眾Good Lab在培肓的社會創新頂目。在 Marketplace上有近四十位會員跟大家分享自己在做的項目，並招待了超過四百位來賓，同日晚上我們更舉辦了Demo Night，讓六位手上意念比較成熟的項目的會員，在一眾Good Lab創辦人和嘉賓面前展示自己的頂目。現在讓我們來看看當天的實況吧。
A nice report from the Good Lab people about the Good Marketplace event on 6th June, where I held a stall to explain what I was doing as a Permaculture Designer and what we are doing in Green Sustainable Living Hong Kong. It was a good day. It was great meeting some of you!