Nick Morse, head chef at Rye, a restaurant in downtown Appleton, says that the rise of urban gardens in bigger cities inspired him to try the trend in Appleton.
“I thought the idea was pretty cool,” he told Local 5,”so I brought the idea around to my restaurant, and a lot of people were just on board with it.”
After all the zoning permits were approved with the city of Appleton, plans for the rooftop oasis quickly grew.
“[It] just started with one beehive, ended up with two, and then two raised-bed gardens turned into six,” Morse said.
Those gardens are made up of plants that keep the bees happy.
“Every single item that we built up here, we had the bees in mind,” Morse said, “things that they prefer to pollinate, things that are good for pollination.”
Although the garden is now functioning happily on the rooftop, there were several hurdles to overcome.
“Up here we’ve got really high heat and high winds,” Morse said, “so we had to figure out a wind barrier…we repainted everything white, and now it’s starting to flourish and we’re able to use a good amount of our produce.”