Hongkongers take to the land to cultivate a sense of identity, as political expression withers

Sporting a face mask-induced sunburn and with a towel around her neck, Kelly Lau hacks away at the soil with a mattock.

Kelly Lau digs a ditch at AuLaw Organic Farm in Pat Heung, Yuen Long. Photo: Hillary Leung/HKFP.

The 25-year-old is digging a ditch at a farm in Pat Heung, a village in Yuen Long, to stop crops being flooded during the rainy season.

“Being a farmer is not romantic,” Lau tells HKFP on a balmy spring afternoon. “Try it and you would know. A red ant crawled into my pants just now and bit me.”

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