The City of Cape Town has spent about R1,5 million on establishing and operating urban food gardens across the city to help create opportunities for residents to become self-sustainable, alleviate poverty, and provide people with skills they need to earn a living. The programme is coordinated by the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate through its Poverty Alleviation and Reduction Programme.
According to the City of Cape Town, the directorate’s Poverty Alleviation and Reduction Programme has today shared its first harvest of the Elsies River Green Grow vegetable garden project with the local community. The project, which was started in December last year, has employed 66 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers from the area. The residents were employed to prepare two hectares of public open space by planting a variety of vegetables. The workers were assigned to work on the site and prepare the soil for the planting of crops and general agricultural work.
‘Currently the directorate supports 90 food gardens across the city. These food gardens were supported with garden tools, protective clothing, seeds/seedlings, compost, food gardening training and governance training. In the new financial year, the directorate will be allocating another R1 million towards these projects,’ said Cllr Little.
The food garden support programme was done on an ad-hoc basis and was formalised in 2011 when the directorate was established. One of the programmes for the directorate is Poverty Alleviation and Reduction Programme which deals with food gardens.