Philippi Horticultural Area Food & Farming Campaign

  How can a unique agricultural area on the urban fringe of Cape Town, South Africa be protected to provide ecosystem services, fresh produce for low income city dwellers, and a local model of agro-ecological farming? The vast green fields of the Philippi Horticultural Area are an incongruous sight, in the midst of one of the most densely settled areas of the Cape Flats, an expanse of gritty, peri-urban townships [...]

2016-07-23T01:31:30+00:00community, Food, Food system|Comments Off on Philippi Horticultural Area Food & Farming Campaign

Santropol Roulant

How can an organization address urban food security and social inclusion while meeting the shifting needs and interests of a community? The word “roulant” in French means “rolling” which conjures an image of some kind of cycle or circle –something that gives back.  Cycles and interconnections are often hidden from urban life, despite their omnipresence. Sometimes organizations can bring these cycles to life and build new connections within urban spaces. [...]

2016-04-14T15:50:01+00:00Food, Food system, Social Seeds|Comments Off on Santropol Roulant

Tyisa Nabanye

Tyisa Nabanye is a non-profit urban agriculture organisation growing organic food on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town, seeking to improve food security, promote sustainable livelihoods and create employment for their members. Started in 2013 by a group of urban farmers from the townships around Cape Town, Tyisa Nabanye, which means "feed the others" in Xhosa, is an urban garden based on the principles of permaculture. The team [...]

2015-08-13T17:02:56+00:00Food system, Skills Development|Comments Off on Tyisa Nabanye

Oranjezicht City Farm

Local residents from the Oranjezicht community in Cape Town's city bowl came together in 2012 to transform an open area in their neighbourhood from a disused lot attracting criminal activity into a vibrant urban farm where community members grow their own food. In addition, people from all over the city can participate by volunteering as farm helpers, and people are encouraged to assist the farm by contributing their kitchen waste [...]

2015-03-16T13:50:52+00:00Food, Social-Ecological Seeds|Comments Off on Oranjezicht City Farm