MOSSEL BAY NEWS AND VIDEO - The first harvest from a vertical urban farming pilot project was celebrated this week in Mossel Bay.
The pilot project was deployed threefold, involving a micro-farm of 60 kits at Child Welfare SA in Tarka and multi-kit installations at a church and also at a crèche. Also, 30 household kits were spread across KwaNonqaba, D'Almeida, Joe Slovo and Luthuli.
The initiative is the result of a partnering of Child Welfare SA and Agri Urb, thanks to a generous corporate sponsorship. The CEO of Agri Urb, Shaun Cairns, says the plants were selected based on a specific need to fuel soup kitchens.
Cairns recently showed the Mossel Bay Advertiser a home installation in Joe Slovo Village, where a garden which would usually require three square metres, was installed against a wall.
"We developed this system with water security in mind. This garden, growing vertically at 2m x 1,2m, has 25 pockets of plants. Each requires one cup of water every second day, which totals an average of 20 litres of water per week."
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