In September 2012, the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) entered into a Co-operative Agreement with the City of Cape Town Parks Department for the use of the disused bowling green near the corner of Upper Orange Street and Sidmouth Avenue to establish a community vegetable garden.
As part of the Co-operative Agreement, OZCF prepares annually a report on “details of the contribution of the project towards education, the upkeep of Homestead Park, employment, distribution of vegetables and any other information that the City may require.” The Annual Review documents are prepared to fulfil this obligation. Copies can be downloaded from the links below:
Annual Review 2014 [pdf 3.8MB]
Annual Review 2013 [pdf 3.9MB]
In August 2014, the legal entity of the Oranjezicht City Farm NPC was formally established. As a non-profit company, the inaugural annual general meeting was held on 17 June 2015. The following presentations were shared as part of the proceedings:
Chairperson’s Report [pdf 0.5MB]
Annual Report [pdf 8.6MB]
Elections and Resolutions [pdf 0.2MB]
Draft minutes of the AGM [pdf 0.1MB]
In compliance with the Companies Act 71 of 2008, the Oranjezicht City Farm NPC has its financial statement audited annually. These are provided below:
OZCF Audited Financial Statements 2015 [pdf 0.6MB]
Overview of achievements
As the OZCF project has matured, we have come to believe that long-lasting solutions to the major issues of our time will only arise from the education and empowerment of communities. There will be no true sustainable agriculture or local food movement unless we challenge the status quo that impoverishes many and enriches the few. Race, gender, and economic equality are equally as important as soil health, crop rotations and farming techniques. The right to safe and affordable housing, a quality education, and equal job opportunities are intrinsically linked to the right to locally grown, healthy produce.
A summary of the achievements from the start of the Farm in September 2013 through June 2015 is as follows:
- 240 paid working hours per week: 2 full time farm workers, 6 part time farmers and 6 casuals
- Over 12 500 hours of volunteer time
- The Food Dialogues series and report
- 1 400+ learners visited OZCF from 50 schools
- 4 holiday programmes with 75+ kids focusing on learning through nature, catering for kids in the 5 to 9 age group
- 76 tour groups with 1100+ visitors showcasing the history of Oranjezicht and the viability of growing organic fruit and veg in an urban environment
- Supporting local small businesses: 60+ traders and 100+ staff
- Supporting 8 emerging micro farmers from Manenberg, Philippi, Wynberg, Elgin and Stellenbosch
- Raised R45 000 for Heritage Signage and R5 000 for conservation of heritage in Homestead Park.
- Two books written – one on the history of Oranjezicht and the second on the story of the Farm
- First community seed swop
- 7 Kids’ Markets
- 95 Market Days
- Hands on educational workshops and off-site talks.
- Bokashi Brigade: 200+ households recycling household food waste
OZCF believes strongly that these achievements are a testimony to the spirit of volunteerism and the power of community-led initiatives.
We realise that urban agriculture is as much about people as it is about our planet. Urban agriculture can inspire people to make changes in their lives, improve their health and well being, and adopt sustainable lifestyles. It’s more than growing veggies. We want to educate people, build communities, and rethink how food markets operate. We want to tear down the high walls of our suburbs and create spaces where neighbours can meet and mingle, where people use public parks and green spaces, where communities walk, cycle and bus together.
We look forward to working with the City and other partners in the long-term to help establish similar projects for a more just and equitable city.