The Mills'
Event

2021.07.03 - 08.31

A Date with Seeds

Living in a globalized city, we are lucky to be able to enjoy foods from all over the world anytime and anywhere, without thinking about whether certain fruits or vegetables are in season.. “A Date with Seeds” is a new food and farming project launching at The Mills this summer. Working alongside local agricultural organizations to promote local sustainable agriculture practices, we explore the link between seeds, land, and the importance of seasonal food. In July and August, Organic Greenfield, an organization that has long promoted “community-supported agriculture” by arranging produce co-purchases and holding farming workshops, will set up a pop-up store in The Mills selling exclusively seasonal foods. All products will be made from seasonal produce and tells the story of local farming and land. . Buyers receive their vegetables with the information about the farming seasons and the farms they come from, strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers.

 

To consume seasonally means to primarily eat foods harvested or produced in the current season. This eating habit can benefit both our health and nature. Crops grown during off-seasons require more fertilizer, and possibly an artificial environment. These farming practices can lead to increased carbon emissions, soil degradation and long-term environmental damages. With improved understanding of our food sources and the latest developments in local farming, we can learn together how to respect our land and live more sustainably. Together with Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation (SEED), The Mills will hold a farm-produce market and various food-and-farming workshops on our rooftop farms in July and August. Participants can explore the diverse and different uses of farm produce and learn from farmers on how to pick the best crops.

 

On 1st Aug,The Mills will host a talk on the recently published “The Yellow Pages for local farmers”, the first farming guidebook of its kind in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Farming 3.0 team will share the background and purpose of the book. Local farmers Fiona and Chow Sze Chung will discuss the realities of farming and the challenges faced by farmers, while farmers will introduce different species of winter melons and pumpkins –a summer crop – and how they can be best enjoyed.

 

How can we eat healthy? Concern over food sources, growing methods, and farm reputation has been growing in recent years, and are all linked to the land. No good harvest can be yielded without good soil. But what makes a good soil? What is our relationship with the organic carbon in the soil? How can the soil mitigate the climate crisis?

 

In July, “A Date with Seeds” will invite “The Mushroom Initiative”, a non-profit organization promoting soil conservation, forest restoration, mushroom cultivation, and soil diversity. The Mushroom Initiative will share the key to plant-microbe symbiosis and soil health maintenance at our market. They will host a workshop on how to monitor soil heath.

 

“A Date with Seeds” narrates the story of seeds. From education to changing consumption patterns, consumers can turn into supporters of the sustainable development of local farming.

 

Inspired by the concept of a Resilient City, the “In Time Of” programme is Nan Fung Group’s community initiative aimed at connecting people from all walks of life through social partnerships in sustainability, social design, culture, and arts. Under various project themes, the public can observe what is around them and reflect on how to rebuild the bond between humans and nature in a fast-changing society.

The Mills has invited the local farming co-purchase platform “Organic Greenfield” which also located in Tsuen Wan to set up a pop up farm shop selling exclusively seasonal foods in July – August. Products will be made from seasonal produce and narrate the story of local farming and land in order to promote the concept of “community-supported agriculture”. From education to changing consumption patterns, consumers can turn into supporters of the sustainable development of local farming.

A Date with Seeds Farm Shop

Date: 3/7 – 29/8 (Every Sat & Sun)

Time: 12:00nn – 6:00pm

Venue: G/F (near Pak Tin Par Street Entrance

The Mills Farmer Market

The Mills connects with Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation (SEED) inviting a group of local farmers to hold a farm-produce markets and various food-and-farming workshops on our rooftop farms on 10, 11, 31 July and 1, 21, 22 August. Participants can explore the diverse and different uses of farm produce, they can learn from farmers on how to pick the best crops and to understand the importance of consume seasonally.  

Collaborators: SEED x Local Farmers

Date: 10/7, 11/7, 31/7, 1/8, 21/8, 22/8 (Sat, Sun)

Time: 12:00nn – 6:00pm

Venue:

10/7, 11/7  –  1/F Atrium
31/7, 1/8    – 1/F Shop 106
21/8, 22/8 –  1/F Atrium

 

“A Date with Seeds” Workshops

A Lesson of Local Red Amaranth: Red Amaranth Sushi Roll Workshop

The collaboration of Organic Greenfield and Little Life Project has jumped out of the comfort zone of Guangdong cuisine, not just frying veggies with garlic but trying to combine local red amaranth with sushi roll. Inviting audiences to get to know the diversity of red amaranth through visual and taste, in order to promote the concept of seasonal food eating.

Participants will harvest local red amaranth from The Mills rooftop farm, to experience the farm to table cooking process.

Date: 4/7 Sun

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Collaborator:Organic Greenfield, Little Life Project

Price:$250

Flavours of Bitter melon: The reminiscence snacks with 3 types of Bitter melon

Bitter melon has a bitter flavour and is categorized as a cool type of food in Chinese food culture, which can remove heat and toxicity inside the body and thus named “Cool Melon”. We have various types of bitter melon in Hong Kong and they all have their unique flavours of bitter.

SEED has collaborated with Janet from Han’s Kitchen to highlight three types of bitter flavours with HK’s reminiscence snacks (Dried salted plum and sweetened haw cake). Participants can understand the features and taste different textures of bitter melon during the workshop. 

Date:10/7 Sat

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Collorator:SEED x Janet’s Kitchen

Price:$200

Fuzzy Melon Mango Shrimp Rice Paper Roll Workshop

“Eating the right food in the right season” is an ancient wisdom, it reflects the best quality of the crops and is deeply related to a well balanced lifestyle. Eating seasonal melons will help release heat and thirst during the hot summer. Fuzzy Melon is one of the seasonal crops and Janet from Han’s Kitchen creates a dish mixing with mango as preparation for this summer time. 

Date: 11/7 Sun

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Collorators:SEED x Janet’s Kitchen 

Price:$200

Urban Farming Experience 1: Watermelon

The Deck is a rooftop farm located in The Mills, which is following traditional farming practice. The workshop promotes traditional farming techniques in an urban city. Experiencing how to use hoe and build bamboo structures for the melons and beans, to inherit and pass on traditional farming skills.

SEED invites an experienced urban farmer Doris to lead the farming experience and share the skills of planting watermelons. Participants will receive a seedling of watermelon, to experience the joy of planting at home.

Date:11/7 Sun

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Collaborators:SEED x Doris (Experienced Farmer)

Price:$150

“The Way We Are” Storytelling and Insects Crafting Workshop

“The Way We Are” illustrates the daily life of a boy with autism and his observation of insects, to trigger children’s interest and awareness of insects which are very close to us in the urban city.

Different kinds of plant will attracted different insects, participants will get to know the seeds of avocado in this workshop and they can make use of avocado seeds to make a Ladybird. Participants will need to bring at least two avocado seeds for craft making workshop. Part of the workshop will be held at outdoor space, please prepare your own hat and sun protections.

Date:17/7 Sat

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Collaborator:The Way We Are

Price:$150

A Lesson of Perilla Leaf: Summer Perilla Leaf Miso Rice Paper Roll

Summer weather in Hong Kong suits to grow a lot of herbs including Basil, Mint, Lemongrass and Perilla Leaf. The application of herbs in different cuisines and teas are the practice of seasonal food eating theory. Heat of summer drives people get cold easily, serving a cup of perilla tea would help releasing, cooling down and removing heat from the body.

The collaboration of Organic Greenfield and Little Life Project is introducing a snack for summer: Perilla Leaf Miso Rice Paper Roll. Inviting the audiences to taste perilla leaf in order to promote the concept of seasonal food eating.

Participants will harvest local perilla leaf from The Mills rooftop farm, to experience the farm to table cooking process.

Date: 25/7 Sun

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Collaborator:Organic Greenfield, Little Life Project

Price:$250

Coffee Attempt and Coffee Grounds Soap Making Workshop

A collaboration with local coffee shop KOKO COFFEE ROASTERS, the workshop brings an experience of meticulous sensory of fresh roasted coffee tasting and soap making with coffee ground. It is a journey from coffee roasting to tasting as well as delicate lifestyle from food wasting to upcycling.

 

Date:30/7 Fri

Time: 7:00pm – 9:15pm

Collaborator:KOKO COFFEE ROASTERS; Eco Greenergy

Price:$550

Gathering with local young farmers: Winter Melon Milk Topped Drinks and Okra Chips

Both professional and holiday farmers are big fans of planting huge winter melon in summer. Planting winter melon is a technical and perseverance challenge since only one melon can be grown on a rattan. Farmers have to be extremely careful to grow in 3 months time due to unpredictable weather and pests. A hardly grown winter melon can become a doubled boiled winter melon soup or be processed into winter melon bricks which can be stored in the refrigerator to make sweet tea. It is one of the best choice for summer and matches perfectly with milk topped which goes well with Okra chips.

Date: 31/7 Sat

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Collaborators:SEED x Salmon

Price:$200

Plant Pounding Pest Repelling Pack Workshop

Plant Pounding is a simple and environmental friendly craftsmanship. The leftover flowers and leaves from the farm can be pounded on the plain fabric.

Tutor will lead participants to collect flowers and leaves in your favourite shapes on a white fabric, tapping and pounding with tools until plant’s sap is left gorgeously on the fabric as an appealing textile product. Besides, participants will insert pest

Date:31/7 Sat

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Collaborators:SEED x Grace

Price:$250

Local Longan Wine Making Workshop

Date:1/8 Sun

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Collaborator:Ah Wah

Price:$280

Gathering with local farmers: Seasonal Vegetable Spring Roll + Winter Melon Turmeric Drinks

Date:1/8 Sun

Time: 12:00nn – 1:30pm

Collaborator:SEED x Delia (Relax And Warm Farm: RAW)

Price:$250

Seasonal Crops Rubber Stamp Carving Workshop

Date:13/8 Sat

Time:2:00pm – 3:00pm

Tutor:  DIY Jason

Price:$280

Plant-fiber and Seeds Hade-made Postcard Workshop

Date:14/8 Sun

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Collaborator:Lomfafair

Price:$390

Vegetable Bouquet Workshop

Date:22/8 Sun

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Collaborator:Melon Flower

Price:$280