City Farming project shortlisted for Design Indaba’s Your Street Cape Town challenge.
Growing and greening the city – “Let Us Grow”
World Design Capital Bid 2014
Nov 1, 2011
“Let Us Grow” is a project to beautify Cape Town and drive interest in urban agriculture as part of growing hyper-local produce on unused or derelict plots in the city,” explains Andrea. “We also plan to drive community interaction and create employment opportunities with the initiative. The inspiration for Let Us Grow comes from various urban greening initiatives around the world and the team’s interest in promoting sustainable living.”
The initiative would focus on creating community gardens (even on rooftops in the CBD) that would benefit the environment, beautify the city, and engage the community (including local schools, who could use the gardens as an educational tool). The fruit, herbs, and vegetables grown in the gardens would be sold to local restaurants and residents. The revenue raised from the sale of the produce would be ploughed back into the initiative to create more gardens and to train and hire more employees.
“Everyone from the community is welcome to come and farm,” says Andrea, “but we plan to have a farm manager and two farm workers employed to manage the project on a daily basis.”