Can carrots teach us about building a community? If the Oranjezicht City Farm is anything to go by, growing food together is a great way to simultaneously reconnect Capetonians with a part of the city’s heritage and with each other. Text by Alma Viviers, Photos by Lisa Burnel
City Views: Cape Town as a biodiverse cityhttp://www.capetownpartnership.co.za/
High on the slopes of Table Mountain lies the suburb of Oranjezicht. The Oranjezicht farm was established here in 1709 and grew fresh fruit and vegetables that were used to supply the Castle of Good Hope and passing ships. Now, where part of the old farm used to lie, on the site of an unused bowling green, a new city farm is laying down its roots.
The dream of turning a disused bowling green into a vibrant, beautiful and nourishing community vegetable farm is fast becoming a reality for Oranjezicht and Higgovale residents.
As urban gardening takes root in South African cities, a group of conscientious residents from a suburb rich in heritage are getting their green fingers dirty to give back to their community.