Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) is a neighbourhood non-profit project that celebrates local food, culture, and a community of individuals working together to engage in small-scale food production in the City Bowl of Cape Town. You can find the freshest organic seasonal fruits and veggies, herbs, honey, plants and more at their Saturday morning markets! My newest discovery is the “flexiterian” Sexy Food barefoot breakfast. As part of the 10-part ‘Food Dialogues' series on the food system in Cape Town (“a platform for sharing ideas about creating a healthier, more conscious and just food system in the Mother City”), OZCF organised a tour of food-growing sites around the city. Yesterday, on a drizzly winter’s Sunday, I rediscovered the power of choices and the influence one individual holds to create change each and every day. It is information I want to pass on! Being interested and increasingly involved in the sustainability movement it was great to tag along and learn, even though I’m more into transformative design and permaculture rather than the organic farming aspect - mostly because I can’t even keep my cactus potplant alive for longer than a month. I will be posting more about the tour (and more photos) on the City Sightseeing blog, so keep an eye out for that. For now:
"We began tour at OZCF, where the active citizens/volunteers share a vision of a more self-reliant economy. Nazeer Sonday of Food and Farming for the Cape Flats met us in the Philippi Horticultural Area, introducing us to emerging farmers and sharing a few eye-opening facts. Fifty kinds of veggies are grown in the Philippi area which supplies around 50% of Cape Town’s produce. The government does little to protect this and as a result our food security is under threat. Next, we visited the Abalimi Bezekhaya (“Farmers of the Home”) community-run gardens at the Gugulethu Comprehensive School, who sell their produce in a weekly organic box scheme as part of Harvest for Hope. Our last stop of the tour was Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre, an outdoor learning farm in Mitchell’s Plain, which falls part of SEED.”
Despite the rain, the mud and my cold toes, it was a fascinating informative day that planted a few seeds in my mind about my lifestyle. You can watch the rest of the talks online right over here - really rad motivational get-off-your-ass-and-go-do-it information!