South Africa: Joburg’s space-saving rooftop gardens offer relief from the drought
Here, they grow a variety of things including mint, rocket, lettuce and basil.
By Dana Da Silva
The Daily Vox
November 21, 2016
There are many benefits to having rooftop food gardens in Joburg. Ashleigh Machete is the co-founder of Jozi Food Farmer, a company that focuses on the urban cultivation of unused spaces such as rooftops, alleyways and open areas. They also provide a service to private homeowners and businesses, such as restaurants, to set up and maintain their own food gardens. Machete says that rooftop gardens can help to increase the value of city spaces.
“In Joburg, pollution is everywhere and having a bit of nature around it’s good, because there are nice [beneficial] insects. The benefit is that we are making fresh food available to the public and we are also beautifying the environment – we’re increasing the value [of the land],” said Machete.