Set in the heart of Cape Town, this unique urban farming project will allow you to experience sustainable farming, education, and health promotion. The project encourages change in the way the public sees food production and purchasing and also teaches the community where our food really comes from, and how it can benefit and sustain the city and the families that live here.
|Location||Oranjezicht, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Duration||From 2 weeks|
|Dates||All year round|
|Documents required||Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance|
|Day of arrival||Thursday|
|Day of departure||Saturday|
This is a neighbourhood non-profit project celebrating local food and community. A disused bowling green from the 1950s, the site comprises part of a historic farm established in 1709. The project seeks to reconnect the Oranjezicht neighbourhood and the rest of Cape Town to this neglected piece of heritage through education and vegetable gardening, and to use it as a catalyst to build social cohesion, develop skills, educate residents and their children about food and environmental issues, and champion unused or under-utilised public green spaces in the city.
In addition to providing fresh produce, the farm serves as a 2500m2 outdoor classroom for all ages, open free to the public 6 days a week. Annually, it hosts school visits for over 1000 learners from more than 40 local schools who engage in hands-on activities covering some 17 curriculum-aligned topics, with another 1000 people booking guided tours each year. Weekly pick-your-own harvests, interactive workshops, annual Heritage Day events and more keep the community engaged and the farm humming with activity.
Monday – Friday, from 08:00 – 16:00. Saturdays 08:00 – 14:00.
Please note that there can be seasonal adjustments for peak winter (later start) and peak summer (earlier start). Volunteers are expected to help on occasional Saturday mornings.
You typically volunteer hands-on alongside the project’s three qualified organic farmers, doing a range of food-gardening activities. During school visits, you support the delivery of educational programmes. Weekly ‘pick-your-own harvests’ on Saturday mornings and vegbox subscription collections on Wednesdays are other opportunities for support and engagement with the community. Wednesday and Friday mornings are harvests, when volunteers help to pick, wash, and bundle the yield of the farm.
It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.
You will live at the Volunteer House. It is a private house in an upmarket residential area and consists of rooms with 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. There are 4 bathrooms to share, a communal kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with TV and DVD and a beautiful garden with a swimming pool. A commercial laundry service is close by. Bedding is provided. Towels are not provided. In addition to the self-catering option, you can order homemade lunch and/or dinner which are delivered on a daily basis.