Oranjezicht was a farm established in the early 1700’s on the slopes of Table Mountain. It’s location was probably determined by the abundance of natural wells in the area. The farm came into the van Breda family’s ownership in 1731 and remained with the family until it was abandoned in the early 1900’s. The farm was then no longer viable, as the Municipality had diverted most of the water to reservoirs in other areas. Bit by bit, the place fell into disrepair and by the early 2000’s it had become a refuge for vagrants and place where drug sellers plied their trade.
But in 2012, the community of Oranjezicht revived a small portion of the farm into a communal garden. Today, Oranjezicht City Farm is a non-profit project, run by its members, that celebrates local food, culture and community through urban farming in Cape Town. Herbs and vegetables jostle for space with medicinal plants from the area and insect repelling plants. It is also an absolutely wonderful spot to visit for a moment of peace and quiet, and to enjoy the beautiful gardens that are flourishing with the help of love and water from fresh mountain springs. A word of warning though; if you (like me) are an aspiring hobby vegetable gardener, you are likely to suffer a case of Green Finger Envy!
The farm is located on the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, and is open Monday to Friday, 08 – 16.