Joash Njani a diligent,ambitious and a passionate horticulturist who found himself blending with plants from a young age. Started of as the team leader of the Horticultural student association(HOSA) which is a platform for horticulture students to practice their skills at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,Department of Horticulture. It is also a platform for youth empowerment in the society .He led the team in developing advancements in the the clubs activities such as coming up with the single node sweet potato seedlings, establishment of a seedling propagation unit that can holds up to 300,000 seedlings in a month, construction of standard and mini customized greenhouses, net house construction and operation of farm power machinery.
With the skills he gained, through his own initiatives, while at HOSA and by interacting with various professors and mentors, he came up with Urban Smart Gardeners. This is the first company that deals with all gardening in Kenya. He saw many Kenyans were interested in having kitchen gardens in the urban areas but were not succeeding in doing so because of various limitations from, poor quality or unreliable water,no soil, poor quality inputs like seedlings and limited space. He knew he has the capability to assist those who wished to garden be able to do so despite the challenges. He developed various garden designs which can be customized to fit the varying dynamics of kitchen gardens. The garden systems are efficient and easy to manage. Joash say ” all those who wish to have gardens be it on the ground, on the roof or the balcony i will make it come to life.”
Joash being a very hardworking young man who doesn’t see limitations has been able to propel through the various challenges of being an entrepreneur and is constantly advertising his brand through various inline platforms. whenever he gets to chat with any individual he must mention his proud business , setting up gardens and even leave you with some insightful tips on how to manage your garden regardless of you being a client or not.
He has a vested interest in nurturing fellow young horticulturalists to realizing their potential as they explore the horticultural industry in Kenya so that they don’t fall into unemployment like many other youth. He hopes to provide employment to other youth as well as inspire other to know that they are only limited by themselves as opportunities are surrounding us all. He is knows for always keen to leave you with words of wisdom and is also very keen to learn from others wisdom. he calls it giving what he receives.