Mok Ho Kwong, who call himself ‘Yeh man’ meaning man living in wild, is a naturalist who pursues natural living in Hong Kong. In 2003, when he was still studying Education in the University of Hong Kong, he joined a lot of environmental education activities, and since then he has become a lover of nature.
In 2004, Yeh man established an organization called ‘Natural Network’ aiming to inculcate nature education to the general public. He rented a farmland in Hok Tau and started his life as a ‘wild man’ – trying to keep the lowest consumption of natural resources in his daily life. He collects furniture, clothes and even food that people abandon. In a RTHK program, he said he sometimes collects chicken nuggets or French fries in fast food restaurants to reduce wasted food. He stopped doing so since he realized that the underprivileged need those food more than he does.
His farm has attracted nature lovers around the globe. Two teenagers from Slovakia come to Yeh man’s farm after their friends suggested them to visit here. Soon after their arrival, they love the farm. They are currently volunteering and living in the farm to assist the basic construction and operation.
In 2013, Yeh man married her girlfriend, who holds the same life philosophy with him. They held a simple wedding ceremony: the nature advocator handmade a wedding dress for his wife as well as their grass rings. In their mind, protecting nature is much more crucial than a magnificent ceremony and extrinsic beauty.
Moreover, his life in nature is not always of lighthearted. He was forced to get away from the first farm in Hok Tau because of the unaffordable rent offered by the landlord. As a result, when he moved to the current site in Sheung Shui, he did not dare to invest much because it is still full of uncertainties when he would be forced to leave again. When talking about the future, Yeh man does not have any big future plan. A Chinese old saying ‘Live in the moment’, which is carved on a wooden board hung in his farm, is his motto. That is what Yeh man has been doing, and will continue to do.