Gordon Chi Ho Tam, Founder & CEO of Farm66, is devoted to the Agri-tech project of urban innovative farming. He especially focuses in sustainable concepts and research in Hong Kong and the feasibility of automatic environmental controlled vegetables farming factory. After graduating from the BA programme in architectural design and the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development, he founded Farm66 that grows organic vegetables from an old industrial building that was transformed into a hi-tech farm in Tai Po district. Production is thriving inside the converted industrial building and mass produces over hundred tonnes of lettuce per year. Not only does it allow him to follow his passion for nurturing plants, it also breathes new life into a part of town that is known more for its dilapidated industrial buildings than organic farming.
In recent years, Gordon has been invited by many corporations, schools and social enterprises to give lectures on scientific research in agriculture and environmental protection. He has received much attentions from both local and overseas media with a lot of press coverage. Local and overseas experts have paid visits to Farm66 to share the knowledge. Since 2016, he has been appointed as a board director and a committee member of the Federation of Hong Kong Agricultural Associations. For him, it is gratifying to be a city farmer, growing healthy vegetables for the next generation of Hong Kong. This is a viable business in Hong Kong because of a demand for healthy produce and the growing awareness of food safety.
In 2014, Farm66 received a patent for its Factory-type Urban Farming System. Subsequently in 2015, it was given the “Carbon Smart Award” and “Hong Kong Industries: Equipment and Machinery Design Award”. Other achievements include the “2016 Technological Achievement Award of Merit”. Gordon’s vision clearly struck a chord, winning top 3 of the JumpStarter 2017, funded by the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund.