The Oranjezicht City Farm is an educational non-profit project in Cape Town, South Africa, celebrating local food, culture and community through urban agriculture. It is part of the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust, which works through food and farming to strengthen South Africa’s urban communities and the ecosystems that sustain them.
The site is located next to the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. Previously a bowling green constructed in the 1950s and unused for decades, this site comprises part of the original farm, ‘Oranje Zigt’, established in 1709, and which became the largest farm in the Upper Table Valley in the 19th century. Fed by a cluster of springs that provided perennial fresh water to Khoekhoen pastoralists as well as to sailors and the Company’s Gardens from the 17th century, this farm grew vegetables and fruit that fed the growing settlement and colony and supplied passing ships with essential produce to the turn of the 20th century. Swallowed by urban expansion, the productive farmlands were converted to a housing syndicate in 1901 and the original homestead standing on the site was demolished in 1957 to construct a bowling green, which fell into disuse and neglect in recent decades.
Linking the farm to Cape Town
OZCF seeks to re-connect the Oranjezicht neighbourhood and the rest of Cape Town to this neglected piece of heritage through education, food gardening and outreach, and to use it as a catalyst to build social cohesion across communities, to develop skills among the unemployed, to educate residents and their children and others about food, environmental and related issues, to beautify public space and to champion unused or under-utilised green spaces in the City Bowl.
The Oranjezicht City Farm is a community of adults and younger folk working together to engage in small-scale food production in the City Bowl of Cape Town.
To improve under-utilised public green spaces by creating demonstration gardens for hands-on community-wide food gardening education, thereby increasing access to fresh vegetables.
- Serve as an educational resource on small scale organic food production for City Bowl residents
- Increase access to nutritious fresh vegetables for the community
- Increase the number of organic gardeners in the City Bowl, leading to more outdoor activities and healthier lifestyles
- Build capacity and skills of youth and adults seeking work in urban food production
- Promote connections and foster relationships between and among individuals, garden communities, and NGO’s
- Improve unused or under-utilised public green space in the City Bowl, preserving and protecting undeveloped land