Time to Grow
At Time To Grow, our vision is for urban farming to be commonplace in Hong Kong. We are dedicated to engaging city-dwellers of all ages and backgrounds in the fun of farming, through a range of educational workshops and bespoke farm installation services.
Simply with sunlight, soil, water and a little bit of know-how, we can turn the city’s unused spaces into a sustainable (and edible!) urban landscape. Our goal is not just to promote urban farming in Hong Kong, but to encourage conscious lifestyle choices that take into account our relationship to the environment and our community.
Team Time To Grow draws on a diverse range of expertise: from business and engineering, to design, events management, charity work and, of course, organic farming! Though our backgrounds vary, we are united by our common passion for sustainable living.
Originally from Barcelona, Pol has worked with several grassroots nonprofit organisations and academic institutions both in Asia and Europe. Pol would never have dreamed he would be helping to set up an urban farming enterprise when he moved to Hong Kong in early 2012. As soon as he heard about the project however, something in his gut pushed him out of his his comfort zone and he discovered a new passion for urban agriculture.
Currently, Pol is making the most of his south-facing window ledge to grow lettuce and radish.
I am blessed with the experience of growing up in Hong Kong and living in Singapore, China and India, and being able to appreciate diversity among cultures. A civil engineer by training and in business management by profession, I’ve had the privilege to serve in different capacities for the public service, private and NGO sectors in both Singapore and Hong Kong.
Along the way, I was inspired by the thriving and active social enterprising community in town. Since then, I founded relateink to publish social sustainability initiatives online and to provide business consulting services for social enterprises and projects.
I am excited to be part of the urban farming movement in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, and am looking forward to seeing more city-dwellers embrace the lifestyle of growing greens in the urban settings.
Since she was little, Samantha has been an advocate for sustainable living: from insisting her mother save old newspapers so that they could be taken to the recycling bins at school (the only ones she knew of), to reminding friends and family to use fewer plastic bags and turn off the lights. Armed with a degree in Natural Sciences and an idealistic desire to make a difference, she spent five years in Beijing managing a nationwide environmental campaign, the Green Long March (GLM), and then working for a responsible travel company. Samantha was introduced to urban farming by students at China Agricultural University as part of the GLM in 2009, and has since been experimenting with growing food in her own home.