Tracy Lee Stark
Photographer and Multimedia Producer
2 minute read
21 May 2020
6:33 pm

Farming atop the Jozi skyline

Tracy Lee Stark

Joburg Ash has turned the rooftops of several Johannesburg buildings into farms, where he grows herbs, veggies, house plants, and even teas for customers around the city.

Ashleigh Machete, known as Joburg Ash, poses for a picture at his rooftop garden in Braamfontien, 19 May 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The township of Soweto, south of Johannesburg, may not be the first place to comes to mind when one thinks of farming, but that is exactly where Ashleigh Machete, a third-generation farmer, calls home. Going by the name Joburg Ash, urban farming has been Machete's focus for the past eight years. Machete is a former accounting sciences student from the University of the Witwatersrand, and what started as an ardent love of growing his own food, has now become a sustainable career. Numbers gave way to plants, and his love for farming led him to establish Jozi Food Farmer, an...