Urban Harvest Opens in J-Bay

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.

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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.

8 Responses to “Urban Harvest Opens in J-Bay”

  1. Caro May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Hi Guys,
    Best of luck to you Sue, with the new branch of Urban Harvest. I really know that you will be so successful.

    With love
    Caro Sabbagha

  2. Michelle May 26, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    So if I wanted to see how you doing this–I live in the J-Bay environs and am struggling to find untreated seed, for instance, where would I find you? It is rather nice to pick one’s saldad out of the garden.

  3. Jakkie Botha May 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi Michelle,

    We have various untreated seeds and will be more than willing to help you set up a garden.

    Our contact details:

    Susan Botha: 0843298410
    Jakkie Botha: 0799340689

    Take care
    xx

  4. Valesca de Swardt June 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    Exellent!I love!!!

  5. Saskia Bateman August 30, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Hi there, met you very quickly in Plett, would love to know where in jbay you are, need to come and have a chat to you guys! Saskia

  6. Foxinni November 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Girls with gusto. I like.

    I believe that they’ve had great success so far and also have things on track regarding the new eco-sustainable house. Hope to see the progress on it soon.

    Good Luck and Regards,
    M

  7. john burton January 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I love the stuff you are doing,I also recycle as much stuff as I can and love to get new ideas, I see in one of your pics, the one with the wine bottle edging, why do you do that?, also do you plant seedlings thru the wood chippings, and do you put the chippings on the newly dug ground. I f you then fertilise, do you use a liquid fertiliser?
    I have loads of wood chippings and wonder if its better to use as you have done or to chip them up in my mulching machine, the blades are expensive for this , and being a pensionersaving cash is important. I want to grow lots of red, green and yellow peppers in BENONI and would welcome any tips.
    THANKS FOR AN INTERESTING WEBSITE JOHN BURTON

  8. Rosie Pilcher July 17, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Sue!!! Miss you so much. Was just down in SA and couldn’t get your phone number to work, and email seems to be failing to – so am resorting to googling you to track you down! Will try this number again soon, if the site says it works! Send me your email address too!!!! Rosie p

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