The Big Issue #290
- The Big Issue #290 (20 October – 24 November 2020) is available from your favourite vendor across the city.
It has been over six months since COVID-19 upended life as we knew it in Cape Town and the country as a whole. Now, as we catch our breath, one word in particular keeps coming to mind: adaptable.
Certified professional soil scientist Christopher D’Aiuto of the PEDI AgriHub turns the spotlight on commercial farming in the city, and shares lessons learnt from the Philippi Horticultural Area.
Abalimi Bezekhaya (farmers of the home in isiXhosa) is a community-based organisation, which has been assisting small-scale township farmers since 1982. Many of the people with whom it engages come from the Eastern Cape and grew up farming.
But farming is very different in the Mother City. The limited space, sandy soil and harsh wind or sunshine in the summer makes it difﬁcult to grow vegetables. Yet, these farmers have shown that it can be done successfully and organically. Grace Stead, managing director of Abalimi Bezekhaya, caught up with some small-scale Cape Flats farmers who share their lived realities.
Iming Lin and Ashley Newell of FoodFlow demonstrate the importance of linking urban farmers and communities, and keeping the “ﬂow of food” between the two.
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More from this Issue:
- Agents of Change
- City Life