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URBAN GARDEN. Volunteers pick lettuce growing in rows of low black plastic planters on a decommissioned helipad on the 480-foot-high roof of the 38-story Bank of America tower in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

From The Asian Reporter, V28, #7 (April 2, 2018), page 5.

Hong Kong’s skyline farms harvest more happiness than food

HONG KONG (AP) — High above downtown Hong Kong’s bustling, traffic-clogged streets, a group of office workers toil away.

They’re working not on a corporate acquisition or a public share offering, but on harvesting a bumper crop of lettuce atop one of the skyscrapers studding the city’s skyline.

This is rooftop farming taken to the extreme.

And it’s more about reaping happiness than providing food.

The volunteers were picking lettuce on a decommissioned helipad on the 480-foot-high roof of the 38-story Bank of America tower.

The farm is run by Rooftop Republic, a three-year-old startup whose founders are tapping growing interest in organic food and taking advantage of unused roof space in the cramped, high-rent Chinese city.

Rooftop Republic has set up on average one farm per month since its founding and now manages 36 covering more than 30,000 square feet (about 2,800 square meters), including one in mainland China, Hong said. It also provides workshops for companies, building owners, schools, and community groups.

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