Urban Harvest has recently opened a branch in Jefreys Bay which will be owner-operated by Susan & Jakkie Botha. Here is a little bit about each of them and their vision for Urban Harvest Edible Gardens on The Garden Route.
Jakkie Botha – I am a graduate from Stellenbosch and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Labour Relations and Human Resource Management. Since then I have moved back to Jeffreys Bay to spend time with my family and spend some time thinking and planning our dream of building a completely sustainable home. We want to build a house that amongst other things re-uses grey water for a vegetable garden and trap rainwater for use inside the house. Our envisioned home will use alternative building materials that are more insulating than ordinary brick and cement and will also have a much smaller carbon footprint! We started building an organic vegetable garden at our home and I was amazed at the positive interest this project brought from our neighbors and friends. I grew up in the Kouga region and am so happy to give such a valuable service to the people from this area: being able to grow your own scrumptious vegetables that are chemical free and eating it the same day: no driving, no freezing, and no packaging. It makes total sense.
Susan Botha – I have had an interest in making compost heaps and growing trees since an early age. After two years travelling abroad I returned to study at UCT where I completed a MSc in Botany. Afterwards I joined the Namaqualand Restoration Initiative, a project that developed new restoration techniques to return the indigenous biodiversity to large areas that had been destroyed by mining and other activities. We converted our scientific findings into practical techniques and trained local people from surrounding communities in how to put a disturbed ecosystem back together. We also helped to create a new restoration business that now employs 18 people. In 2008 I started the Green Campus Initiative which is now one of the largest organizations at UCT. Some of the projects I participated in were the implementation of a university-wide recycling system, a web-based car-pooling site and a residence greening project. I have now moved to Jeffreys Bay, my home town, to build a lovely family home using sustainable, environmentally friendly principles.