Before we are a market, a veg box distribution centre, or even a farm, Oranjezicht City Farm is an educational non-profit. Our programmes with local school children are one of the most important aspects of our mission to educate. We try to impart values such as respect for nature, and love of healthy eating that will serve young students well for the rest of their lives. Currently, school outings to the farm are the biggest component of our education program. Since 2013 we have hosted over 10 000 learners from a diverse range of area schools.
School outings to the Oranjezicht City Farm
Nature as Teacher
The experience of seeing seed, soil, water and sun come together to transform into a tiny plant is a lesson in itself, and one not soon forgotten. Learning to appreciate the wonder and power of nature is the core of an environmental education at the Oranjezicht City Farm. A vegetable garden gives your school all the benefits mentioned above, with the added reward of valuable nutrition lessons on the importance and joys of eating fresh foods
School outings are held on Tuesdays from 09h00 – 11h30. Tours for school staff can also be arranged. Learners of all ages from grade R to grade 11 are welcomed.
Programmes include a practical, hands on learning experience in small groups, and a guided tour of the farm.
The cost is R60 per learner with a minimum cost of R1000. This fee can be reduced on application.
Our approach to education at the farm is based on the principles and practices of the Forest Schools. Our educators have completed their training and qualifications, and we are among the first organisations in South Africa to offer this innovative, holistic approach to hands-on experiential learning in a natural environment.
We are currently offering two programmes:
Our Environment: How Everything is Interconnected
A 2.5 hour workshop for children aged 4-7
An outdoor farm-based experience to explore our environment, to connect with it and raise important questions about our role as responsible and active citizens. Through creative activities, the children will learn about what makes our environment and how does it looks like in our outdoor classroom.
All species are interconnected. We depend on each other. Oceans, forest and mountains provide home for animals. Animals eat plants, plants need healthy soil to grow, smaller organisms help to make compost, insects travel with pollen and create more flowers. In this programme, we will explore how all this works.
Nature awareness: Exploring our natural environment
A 2.5 hour workshop for children aged 8-12
The first step towards creating a community of children engaged with their environment is to allow them to explore it and investigate it. Our curiosity is turned into awareness when we spend time in nature. We care for that which we know, understand, and feel connected to. Through different outdoor and fun farm based activities we will generate a greater understanding and awareness of our environment.
Customised experience for older children
A 2.5 hour visit for children aged 13-18
We welcome older children to the farm as part of expeditionary learning, research projects, or other curriculum-related activities. Whether on food security, biodiversity and climate change, drought, the food-water-energy nexus, indigenous food traditions, Cape Town heritage or a diversity of other topics, we are happy to customise an on-farm learning experience. Please note that, depending on the extent of customisation required the cost may vary.
For questions about these programmes or other education related matters, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to get involved?
Like the rest of the farm, our education programme is highly reliant on volunteers. Especially now, as we are expanding the programme with application of the Forest Schools approach, we are in need of dedicated and reliable volunteers who want to contribute to the education of the next generation of Capetonians.
We also offer internships specifically for our education programme. If you are interested in being an education intern with us, please review the overview document.