Sustainable Agriculture
Course Code:CSCM03-202402
Mode of Study:Part Time
Application Deadline:6th February 2024 (Tuesday)
Commencement Date:15th February 2024 (Thursday)
Tuition fee:HKD7,980 (expense for site visits is excluded)
Contact Hours & Study Period:1-2 sessions per week, a total of 36 contact hours in two months’ time
Teaching Medium:English, supplemented with Cantonese
CEF Reimbursable Course (CEF Course Code: 44Z114591)
Course Description

This course focuses on introducing the basic concept and understanding of sustainable agriculture for pursuing economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible agriculture.

  •    Mr YIP Tsz Lam
  •    "The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (Weekday evenings) Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Tai Po, New Territories (Weekends) Lai Chi Wo"

Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Tel: 3917-4767


February 15, 2024 (Thu)
Lecture: Basic knowledge of sustainable agriculture
– Background and principles
– Food crisis and food system
– Agricultural conditions in Southern China
– Overview of international and local agriculture development
February 22, 2024 (Thu)
Lecture: Management of sustainable agriculture
– Theory of sustainable farm
– Farm design and operation
– Marketing and sale of agricultural produces
– Strategy of organic resource recovery
March 2, 2024 (Sat)
Lecture & Field Study: Mode of agriculture practice
– Farm tour at Lai Chi Wo
– Crop processing site visit
– Farming condition and natural resources
– Crop classification and relationship with landscape
– Fertilisation and pest control
Field Practice: Nursery operation exercise, farmland preparation and sowing
March 3, 2024 (Sun)
Lecture: Agriculture and the environment
– Soil and water management and conservation
– Habitat interaction
– Village design and community
– Farmland policy
Field Visit: Village rehabilitation in Mui Tsz Lam and Kop Tong; HKU’s Sha Tau Kok LoCoKITCHEN
March 16, 2024 (Sat)
Farm Visit: Zen Organic Farm,  Urban Mushroom, Tsiu Keng, Organic Community Grower Group
March 17, 2024 (Sun)
Lecture: Development of agriculture in Hong Kong
– Interrelationship between farmers, rural villagers, and agriculture practices
– Hong Kong agricultural history
– Urban agriculture
Field Visit: Central Farm Market, Tsuen Wan City Farm
March 24, 2024 (Sun)
Lecture: Agricultural development and policy
– Challenges and opportunities
– Local agricultural policy: background, impact and limitations
– Farmland and composting demonstration
Field Exercise & Group Examination
March 31, 2024 (Sun) Full dayContingency
April 11, 2024 (Thu)
Written Examination



Download and fill in Course Application Form (proof of academic qualification is required) and return to Academy for Sustainable Communities (by email or post) by the application deadline.

(a) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(b) have passed five subjects in HKCEE, including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(c) hold equivalent academic qualifications, taking into consideration individual merit

CEF Reimbursable Course (CEF Course Code: 44Z114591)

Students, who attained attendance rate of not less than 70% and have the course assessment passed, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Policy for Sustainability Lab. This course is one of the four modules of the “Certificate in Sustainable Communities” programme (QF Level: 3; QR Registration No.: 18/000784/L3; QR Registration Validity Period: From 11 Sep 2018 – on-going). Students who have obtained a Certificate of Achievement in all four modules are eligible for the “Certificate in Sustainable Communities” awarded by the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

Please note:
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (Certificate in Sustainable Communities) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).

In the event of the courses being cancelled due to insufficient enrolment, you will be notified at least 7 days before the 1st day of class and will be eligible to apply for a refund or postpone your studies to the next intake.

Supporting Organisations

Hong Kong Architecture Centre

Hong Kong Geographical Association

Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals Limited

Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design

Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Association

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service