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A Peak into the Past: historical trends of growing your own food

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Most of my friends wouldn’t know where to begin if told to grow their own food. I of course have my horticulture comrades…but those engineers; oceanographers; teachers — they’re great at their professions and have wonderful skill sets — growing just isn’t one of them! This is not an isolated example. For generations there have been those with green thumbs and those, well — without. Growing your own food and gardening has gone in and out of fashion throughout history. Gardens have Read more […]

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Guest Blog Barry Washkansky

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For the past few years I have driven past the old Oranjezicht Bowling Green on many occasions. The bowling club, which operated for 50 years, closed down leaving this prime piece of city land abandoned in its wake. Wasted green space in a city fast running out of the precious green stuff. Fortunately local residents, led by Sheryl Ozinsky, saw a future for the plot. They proposed an inner city farm to local city officials, jumped through the necessary bureaucratic hoops and within a month had Read more […]

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Progress Update 3

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We have been very busy at the farm in the past few weeks; preparing new beds, planting seeds in the existing beds and caring for the seedlings that are battling with the wind. Those are courgettes / zucchini / marrow in the foreground (the name depends on the size that you pick them). Catherine Nicks Read more […]

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Yesterday on page 8 of the Cape Times an article was published titled ‘Giants put squeeze on global food production’. The article draws from a report released by the Fairtrade Foundation – a British non-profit organization. On page seven of the report one can see that five companies control 75% of world banana trade and three companies control 42% of global coffee sales. On a local scale, this happens more than we think. I attended the Urban Food SystemUCT Summer School course and was shocked Read more […]

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Creative Planting

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In the past few years a number of creative planting methods have been developed, especially for those urban gardeners who want to grow food but are lacking the space to do so. Entrepreneurs, avid gardeners and multinational giants have taken initiative in this growing food revolution. The Kitchen Nano Garden was designed by Hyuandai and a South Korean design firm, Gromo in 2010. You can grow salad and herbs regardless of season – hydroponically; you control the light, water and nutrients. And Read more […]

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Progress Update 2

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In the past few weeks the farm has started to take shape – it is looking more and more like the historic Cape Town vegetable gardens on which Tanya based her design forOZCF. In the righthand side section (when facing the ocean) beans, Italian mixed lettuce, patty pans, courgettes (zucchini / baby marrow) and a few others I am forgetting have been planted and are growing at an alarming rate. In the lefthand side section Clinton and I planted onions, carrots and radishes. Mario taught us Read more […]

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