Oranjezicht City Farm - Meeting in the Barn 22 July 2012

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Presentation on the Oranjezicht City Farm given at the neighbourhood meeting in the barn on Sunday, 22 July 2012.

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Oranjezicht City Farm - Meeting in the Barn 22 July 2012

  1. 1. Oranjezicht City FarmCelebrating local food, culture andcommunityPresentation to Residents and Friends22 July 2012
  2. 2. Pieter Van Breda acquired theOranjezicht Estate in 1731
  3. 3. Pieter Van Breda acquired theOranjezicht Estate in 1731
  4. 4. “In front of the house stood a flagpole and when thevan Breda’s hoisted their flag, mariners and theirpursers, burghers and their wives and children, wentup to Oranjezigt to buy farm produce. They wouldthen wander through the gardens filling their basketsand carts with fruit and vegetables which werebrought to a tree in the cobbled yard where it wasweighed on a scale hanging from an oak tree. Therewere people everywhere strolling through thebeautiful gardens while van Breda’s band of thirtyslaves played their fiddles and flutes. Cakes, wineand sweets were also served.”Annalize Mouton, 2005.
  5. 5. Oranjezicht City Farmcelebrating local food, culture and community
  6. 6. Who is involved?•  Small Steering Committee –  Mario Graziani –  Kurt Ackermann –  Mark Stead –  Saul Roux –  Dave Curran, Pauline McConney –  Belinda Muti, Clive James, Dave Hart –  Leslie Katz Get off the ground Liaise with City•  NFP –  Run by a board made up of representatives of community
  7. 7. Partnerships•  City of Cape Town•  CIBRA•  OH Watch•  Oranjezicht Heritage Society•  Soil for Life•  Abalimi Bezekhaya•  Wessa•  Institute for Zero Waste in Africa•  Madame Zingara Group
  8. 8. Oranjezicht City FarmA non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and communityOur Mission:•  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.Our Vision:•  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.Our Goals:•  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
  9. 9. Farm as a catalyst for change•  Changing awareness (i.e., education) –  Parents (food choices, resource use, empowerment) –  Children (food origins, nature/agriculture, food)•  Changing behaviour –  Consumption patterns (food, resources) –  Production patterns (grow your own)•  Changing relationships –  Participation within the community –  Links to other communities (e.g., Abalimi Bezekhaya)
  10. 10. A Superb LocationCurrently the unused bowling green
  11. 11. This image shows the currentlayout of the land  
  12. 12. This image shows an overlay ofthe original Homestead  
  13. 13. This image shows the intersection ofthe past and the present
  14. 14. This will inspire the layout of the farm
  15. 15. We will use the layout of the gardento show the original layout of theHomestead and turning circle
  16. 16. All paths for the publicare at least 2m wideand accessible from alldirections.This is wide enough fortwo couples hair and ora wheelchair and awheelbarrow.
  17. 17. Finances•  Capital cost of R100k raised – Madame Zingara•  Wholesale (to restaurant)•  Retail provides affordable and quality farm produce – farm stall and subscription•  Partnership with suppliers for retail•  Small ‘tea room’ and ‘shop’•  Gardening and garden advisory services•  Membership model encourages local buy-in•  Online store has more comprehensive offering
  18. 18. Why is the farm good for CapeTown? •  Will be able to pioneer an innovative sustainability project and demonstrate its commitment to urban agriculture. •  Job creation and skills development. •  Project can assist in realizing and contributing to the vision of a sustainable future. •  An opportunity to showcase best practice environmental solutions and activities. The project will pioneer the first SA inner city farm. The intention is to develop good practice, which can be replicated in other neighbourhoods in Cape Town and in other cities throughout SA and beyond.
  19. 19. Time frames•  Signing of Cooperative Agreement with City Parks•  Application to Heritage Western Cape•  As soon as permission is granted, installation of water reticulation and irrigation system, organic seedling production, composting and vermiculture would commence
  20. 20. How can you be involved?•  Serve on the board•  Assist with work in the garden•  Help to fundraise•  Donate funds or equipment•  Marketing, website, social media, newsletter, etc•  Other
  21. 21. Thank you•  Website: www.ozcf.co.za•  Email: cityfarm@ozcf.co.za

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