High-rise rooftops offer some wonderful benefits – sweeping views and a unique party experience would be some. Now, hydroponic farming can be added to that list.
The “Wouldn’t it Be Cool” programme was launched with the objective of giving young people, between the ages of 18 to 35, the opportunity to become entrepreneurs.
Its aim is to build an urban agricultural entrepreneurial ecosystem that creates job opportunities for young black farmers.
Puseletso Mamogale is one of the graduates of the programme and her company has recently produced 400kg of Swiss chard in 6 weeks.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on inspirational African farmers and Puseletso Mamogale looks to be following in those footsteps.
On the rooftop of 1 Fox street, Johannesburg, her plants are held upright in vessels which allow their roots to lay in nutrient-rich water.
Plastic sheets moderate the climate and maintain a desirable heat in winter, while protecting them from storms in summer.
Another beneficiary of the Urban Agriculture Initiative (UAI) is Nhlanhla Mpati. His farm is named Gegezi Organics and is located on the roof of the Minerals Council SA building.
Starting off with 300 plants, he quickly developed them into 1 000 plants in 6 months.
For Dr. Michael Magondo, one of the pioneers of the UAI, the beauty of the initiative is not about building the farm in the sky but rather about the lives that can be changed.
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