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Oranjezicht City Farm - Latest updates and design


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An updated overview of the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) project, including the designs for the farm layout.

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Oranjezicht City Farm - Latest updates and design

  1. 1. Overview forneighbours,volunteers andfriendsUpdated: 21 September 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. Formal gardens were part of the originalhomestead: Barn Farmhouse Turning circle with pond Formal gardens 1926 aerial photo
  13. 13. No drawings of the specificgardens from theOranjezicht homestead areknown to exist.The OZCF design is basedon elements of Cape formalgardens of the 17th to 20thcenturies, including theformal garden adjacent tothe historic Nieuwlandmanor house.Versailles, 18th c.
  14. 14. Other design references:
  15. 15. Farm design: Compost Area Lookout Area Pond Entrance Gate Pots / Planters Benches Shaded Trellis Fruit Trees
  16. 16. Superimposed on site:
  17. 17. All paths for the publicare at least 1.2m wideand accessible fromall directions.This is wide enoughfor two people or awheelchair or awheelbarrow.
  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:•  Email: