Britain, once described by Napoleon as a nation of shopkeepers, has become a nation of supermarket shoppers. However, a group named Food From The Sky is working to change that, or to at least offset it. Food From The Sky uses the roofs of Tesco stores (Britain’s largest supermarket chain) to plant community gardens.
The roof gardens are more than just veggies and dirt, though. They are used as community space, as education spaces for children and teens, as insect sanctuaries, and more. Azul-Valerie Thome, the group’s founder, hopes the gardens will breathe Britain’s old “nation of shopkeepers” spirit into the vast, generic aisles of the supermarkets.
Thome has worked hard to create a 12-step template to guide other communities towards rooftop gardens of their own. There are many factors to take into account, such as supermarket management’s wariness of the idea, and the pure structural capacity of modern lightweight steel structures that cannot support the gardens’ weight.
While Dusty Gedge, founder of livingroofs.org, says it is “impossible” for a city’s entire food supply to come from roof gardening alone, he praises Food From The Sky for being “a community activity that is raising awareness and highlighting the issue of food security.”
Source: The Ecologist