EVENT: Oranjezicht City Farm Tour – 7 June 2014
Join us on Saturday 7 June for a guided tour of Cape Town’s exciting community garden in the heart of the City Bowl, as well as time to visit their weekly market day. The Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) is a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community through urban farming in Cape Town. Some of you will already have visited the farm or been to their lovely market, so this tour is aimed at those of us who have been meaning to go for ages but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
The site is located next to the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. Previously a bowling green constructed in the 1950s and unused for decades, this site comprises part of the original farm, ‘Oranje Zigt’, established in 1709, and which became the largest farm in the Upper Table Valley in the 19th century.
OZCF believes that, as individuals, we can bring about change every day through what we choose to buy and cook. But change also begins in our communities, and through action we can take together with our families, our neighbours, our local farmers, our local shops, and even our politicians. Together, we can assume more control over at least some of the food we eat, by understanding where it comes from, who has grown it, how it has been grown and how it has arrived on our plates. And we can even get actively involved in the process by growing our own, or helping a farmer, or setting up a food buying co-op, or influencing decisions made locally that will support a better local food system.
Held every Saturday in Homestead Park adjacent to the Farm in Upper Orange Street, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. Customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. Additionally, there are edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment for sale.
DATE & Time: Sat 7 June 2014. 10.30am
But, if you like, come to the market earlier (from 9.30am) to buy farm fresh veggies and grab a bite to eat (if it’s raining, the market will be under a tent cover).
Tour will commence at 10.30am. Meet at the gate at the entrance to the vegetable garden. The tour will go ahead even if it’s raining, so dress warmly and in your rain jacket/wellies if it’s looking gloomy.
Location: The Farm is on the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht.
Parking: If you arrive early you may get parking in Upper Orange Street else park at Stepping Stones Pre-school, off Sidmouth to your left if you are coming from Upper Orange.
Cost: R60 members, R70 non-members
For more info, visit their website: www.ozcf.co.za
Spaces are limited (Slow Food members get advance warning), if you would like to join us, please BOOK YOUR SPOT as soon as possible.
Slow Food Mother City