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The Oranjezicht City Farm has captured the imagination of Cape Town and beyond, championing urban farming and better access to healthy food. Founded on a disused bowling green by neighbourhood volunteers, it quickly became a rallying point for people wanting to make their community better, and an inspiration for others seeking alternatives to the mainstream industrial food system. Since 2012, this small educational non-profit project has hosted thousands of school children, and through its weekly farmer’s market supports numerous small, local farms, dozens of artisanal food purveyors and the hundreds of jobs they provide.
Award-winning science journalist, Leonie Joubert, went behind the scenes to unpack what makes this project work, to understand its inspirations and ambitions, conflicts and dreams. This book braids the many voices of founders, farmers, neighbours, government officials and more into a fascinating account of how one group of volunteers brought about change for the better in their community and beyond, and how that can inspire and assist others.
Filled with gorgeous images from across the seasons, it also contains recipes that reflect the community spirit of the farm, and points toward the future of food and farming in Cape Town.
GENRE Lifestyle/Current Affairs
FORMAT Soft-cover with flaps
SIZE 195mm x 245mm
RELEASE November 2016
About the Authors
Leonie Joubert is a science writer and author of four books, who has her eye on issues of climate, energy, environmental change, and hunger in the world of Big Food. She’s preoccupied with finding harmonious ways of living together on a tightly packed planet, and with how to give voice to the silenced environment.
A born and bred Capetonian, Sheryl Ozinsky was the Manager of Cape Town Tourism but never took a holiday. A true local, she swears like a Bergie and thinks the South Easter a mere breeze. Sheryl is passionate about the choices that support a more just and resilient food system and is one of the founders of the Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day.
Kurt Ackermann has been navigating the blurred boundaries between organisations and individuals, private profits and public benefits, doing good and doing well, for two decades. He is also a writer and storyteller in print, film and other media. American born, he has called Cape Town home since 2000. He is one of the founders of the Oranjezicht City Farm.