Today we had our briefing with Harvest of Hope and Oranjezicht City Farm. We also did a coolhunt tour visiting Cape Town’s most interesting hotspots.
Harvest of Hope was the first farm on our list. To get there, we had to go to the township of Gugulethu. Close to the farm was the Train Station, which was crowded with people selling all kinds of goods. It was a hectic place with a lot of honking cars.
The farm itself was rather nice. The same kind of urban farm you see in the Netherlands. Some of the fields had growing crops and others had people preparing the ground to plant new seeds. One of the local farmers told us about his farm, the crops he was growing and the problems he was facing. The problem for which we were supposed to develop a concept was the following:
At this moment, the vegetables that are grown at Harvest of Hope are sold to the people in the city center. Instead of selling them there, the farmer wants to sell them to the people of the township. However, the people from the township did not want to buy his vegetables, because they either didn’t knew what the vegetables were or they could get a bigger (non-organic) version of the same vegetables which in their eyes was the better choice.
Our second visit was to the Oranjezicht City Farm. There we met Curt, who told us about the history of the farm. In comparison to Harvest of Hope, Oranjezicht City Farm was much cleaner and more beautifully decorated. Most urban farms in the Netherlands could make an example out of this. Oranjezicht City Farm sells their vegetables in a week-to-week based subscription model. Unfortunately, the problem they are facing was that they just didn’t sell enough subscriptions.
After the briefings we walked down to the city center through the company gardens and had an amazing lunch at the market. After lunch and a bit of relaxation we went on a hotspot coolhunt tour.
Honest Chocolate is a little store with an open kitchen. It also has a nice little garden in the back.
SAM (South African Market),
SAM is a amazing design store where the brands of young African designers are sold. Fashion, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and textiles, all sold in one place.
Truth Coffee is one of the most amazing looking coffee shops I have ever seen. The steampunk theme comes back in everything from the building to the furniture; even the staff fits the theme.
In the evening we all had dinner at the Kloof Street House where we sat in the garden and had another lovely meal.
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