Variety of crops in the urban rooftop farms
In Lebanon, populations are bracing through the harder winter seen in decades in the region. Beyond the now well-known disastrous economic situation, which makes it difficult to buy the goods to meet the basic needs for more than half of the population, people are currently facing a new challenge; how to stay warm and healthy during this cold winter as Covid-19 spreads more than ever.
Nevertheless, the participants to the Urban Rooftops Farming project are attached to their rooftop gardens and find a kind of salvation there; it brings them and their family food they can rely on to have a minimum calories and vitamins intake. They also find a psychological relief to be working in their garden, which steers them away from possible negative coping mechanisms.
Jafra makes continuous improvements to the urban rooftop gardens in the Palestinian camps where the project exists. Jafra’s agronomist teaches new planting techniques, how to water crops in such a way as to save water, how to renew the soil, nourish it, reproduce seeds.
A great step has been taken thanks to all of you. Today, our fight is to maintain the urban gardens, to continue to spread the word to increase their number and to open the project in other Palestinian camps, because we have studied that the impact on the participating families is definitely positive in all respects.
Learning how to plant vertically
Green cabbages on a rooftop
Cauliflower and brocoli on a rooftop
From a participant's kitchen after harvest