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Part 2. Food in the city in Cape Town, South Africa : Enough for all?

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Look to the sky: City of Cape Town’s roof top food garden. Photo by Russell Galt.

“There are lots of unused spaces out there where if the community came together they could grow food, and have fun at the same time.”

By Steven Bland
Future Cape Town
February 7, 2013

Excerpt:

To really achieve urban food production at scale, perhaps we have to look to the skies. Tucked away above the 12th floor of the City of Cape Town’s offices on 44 Wale Street is a small green space of tranquillity and calm. Once no more than a square of barren metal, the place is now teeming with beetroot, spinach and parsley. I sit in the heat with the man behind this creation Stephen Lamb, founder of Touching the Earth Lightly. We munch on vitamin C rich Spekboom leaves. He tells me: “This is about using every un-used roof space, and connecting people in cities with the soil that is beneath them.” By literally putting it above them.

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Food in the City part 1: A tale of two gardens in Cape Town, South Africa

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Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) overlooking the city. Photo by Steven Bland.

Micro-farmers benefit from improved health, renewed dignity and social connectedness, as well as vital additional income

By Steven Bland
Future Capetown
February 6, 2013

Excerpt:

Up in the hills of Oranjezicht, something is stirring. What strikes you at first is the size. At 2450sq.m including 700-800sq.m of growing beds, this is no back garden. “In summer, we’re going to need at least 4,000 litres a day”, says Mario, the ex-organic farmer who’s tasked with turning this ex-bowling green into an urban oasis of efficient organic production. “It’s got to be quality, organic produce” he tells me. He is a man with a mission: to create an economically viable urban farm in the heart of Cape Town.

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Enroot: Taking Urban Agriculture To A New Level In Toronto

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Curtis Yim, President of ENACTUS at Ryerson.

The goal is to have a vertical garden structure (factoring in the engineering challenges) in place at Bloor Collegiate by early spring.

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Ryerson University
February 1, 2013

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A new project, run by ENACTUS (formerly SIFE Ryerson), will begin to take shape in 2013, with the goal of putting local food growth—and entrepreneurial skills—in the hands of high school students. The growth will take place at Bloor Collegiate Institute, where a class of students is poised to help in the design, market planning, production, and sale of food. Bloor Collegiate is a city school. Located at Bloor and Dufferin, it has little arable land. This is where design becomes the exciting factor: the garden will be vertical.

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