Oranjezicht City Farm in Cape Town, South Africa
With numerous under-utilised public green spaces in Cape Town, Sheryl Ozinsky hopes to unite and educate communities through self-sustaining urban farms.
By Maciek Dubla
Feb 13, 2013
In South Africa, the idea of urban farming has taken some time to take root and grow, but it’s about to gain momentum with the development of the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) – the first in a project that will hopefully grow into 20 city farms throughout Cape Town.
Sheryl Ozinsky, one of the project champions, meets me onsite at the farm located between Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street. While still being laid out, the basic design is in place and the beds are being sown with vegetable seeds by one of the farmers, Johannes, an ex-miner from Limpopo. Local residents hatched the idea of the project some years ago, but Sheryl’s passion for the OZCF is still strong.
“We have an ambitious vision, but when you plant a seed and the community nurtures and waters it, then you can do anything,” she explains while overlooking the farm. “It’s going to take partnerships, sweat, dirty boots and green fingers, but worthwhile it is.”
The OZCF is a non-profit project that aims to celebrate both food and community. Using the tagline “From Bowling Green to Bowl of Greens”, the site of the OZCF comprises part of the original “Oranje Zigt Farm” established in 1709, making it one of many heritage sites around Cape Town. Through education, design and vegetable gardening, the project hopes that it will act as a catalyst for skills development, education about food and environmental issues, and a showcase for what can be done with unused or under-utilised public green spaces in the city.