Spades are in the soil at last!
After so many months of planning and preparation there is finally action! The grass is being removed and the transformation from bowling green to Farm is under way.
Breaking the sod to return this piece of land in the shadow of Table Mountain to its historic use as a farm.
Starting last week on Wednesday, our farmer, Mario, and the team from Straatwerk began the hard, hard labour. It will take another couple of weeks to remove all the grass, then we need to lay the irrigation piping and get the levels right, lay out the paths and pond, dig in the compost and >gasp!< get planting. We may get some extra help from professional landscaping companies who are willing to donate some of their time, labour and equipment to the cause, so things just may move a bit quicker; hopefully that can happen soon.
We’re aiming for the planting to start in early December, and will plan an event to commemorate and celebrate, so stay tuned for more information about that, including how you can get involved putting the very first seeds and seedlings into the soil of our community’s first urban farm. Exciting!
In the meantime, you can get involved in many ways:
- Come down to the Farm and say hello, meet Mario the farmer, and Ernest, Johannes and the rest of the Straatwerk team. They are around from before 8am to roughly 3pm Monday through Saturday, but best to e-mail Mario (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be sure to catch him on site.
- Put on your boots, grab your hat and some heavy gloves, and come down to the Farm where a lovely spade, wheelbarrow and fork are waiting for you to put them to good use. Break a sweat and get some good Oranjezicht dirt rubbed into your skin while you help the cause. Dig for an hour or all day. Well suited for teenagers needing a better outlet for all that energy.
- Put together a lunch for our team of five and bring it down to the Farm as a special way of saying ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’. A few sandwiches and some fruit will go a long, long way. If you’d like to be more adventurous and prepare a full-on spread for the guys, we are sure they would love it.
- Join the Bokashi Brigade! Get your starter kit and an extra bucket or two and turn your kitchen waste into compost for the Farm. We need 20 000 buckets full of bokashi compost to go into the soil just for starters, then another 1 000 at least every month thereafter, so we need everyone in the neighbourhood to stop putting their kitchen waste into the rubbish bin and start bringing it to the Farm.
- Buy a T-shirt to help raise funds for the Farm, spread the word, and look stunning.
- Donate to the cause. There are many, many costs involved in getting the Farm up and running, and whatever you might be able to contribute to help would be greatly appreciated.
- Find us on Facebook and ‘like’ the OZCF Page. Get to know other supporters of the Farm in our neighbourhood and around the globe, and be the first to hear about events, see photos, and links to interesting tidbits elsewhere on the web.
If you have questions about any of the above, please e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Also, an alert that we’re going to start locking the Farm gate when nobody is on site, because it can be dangerous for people to walk around on their own and we don’t want anyone falling into a hole or getting hurt. There will be a new set of posters and signs put on the fence near the gate to explain about the OZCF and providing contact details in case there are questions or if problems arise. We appreciate your support during this period of transition!
Exciting days are ahead as our sleeves are rolled up, the dirt is under our nails and we are hard at work making the Oranjezicht City Farm a reality. We hope you are able to take an active role, working side by side with your neighbours to make our community an even better place to live, work and visit.
Check out more photos of the transformation from bowling green to Farm here.