Executive Summary:

Neighbourhood Farms, with grant  funding received from the Western Cape Premier’s office and Department of Agriculture for its Pilot Project in the South peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa, has in 12 months: Installed 3 market gardens, 3 retail outlets and 7 outdoor classrooms at schools and one hospital as part of a larger vision of creating an edible education wellbeing economy that is underpinned by a mosaic of economically viable urban farms.

At 3 key sites (Kommetjie Primary School, Laerskool Paul Greyling and the False Bay Hospital), we’ve established  6000m2 of Market Gardens on non-productive or surplus land; employed and trained 20 local unskilled or semi-skilled community members to be 1 of 4 permanent employees at every Neighbourhood Farm;  created entrepreneurial opportunities and sales platforms through 3 organisation owned retail outlets for more than 20 local entrepreneurs and lastly, are especially proud to be training an army of urban farmers in Ocean View.

Beyond ongoing maintenance and operations of our existing sites, we are currently completing the installation of further outdoor classrooms at Star of the Sea Convent and Muizenberg Primary Schools and are installing a Phase Two, 6500m2 training market garden at Ocean View Secondary School in Ocean View (a disadvantaged community of more than 13000 community members).

This new installation, complete with animal husbandry (egg layers), an agri-processing kitchen, allotments and a training facility was proposed and funding granted for, after the organisation identified a need for an inclusive, educational and entrepreneurial model for disadvantaged communities. The training market garden will not only train 10 community members a year to become entrepreneurial market gardeners, but will also ensure that the poorest of the poor have free and affordable access to nutrient dense, organically grown produce.

This, in amongst other important benefits, promotes local socio-economic development; food security, edible education, healthy eating and safe food provision by making schools and hospitals social enterprise and community hubs.

In the near future, we could provide a managed roadmap for other communities to replicate our success and create their own wellbeing economies.

Our Model:

Urban Edible Education underpinned by an agricultural social enterprise that plays a critical role in laying down a strong foundation for the development of hyper local wellbeing economies that give all community members access to the tools and resources for much improved welfare in cities, now, and into the future.
Accordingly, we have developed, implemented and refined 3 of the 4 models below after recognizing that there had to be a greater vision towards growing food, minds and community in urban environments:

Model I, Edible Education Garden:

This is the installation of an outdoor classroom with small scale productive and indigenous edible, medicinal garden whose primary role is to re-connect children to food systems and provide platforms in biologically rich environments for educators to integrate education into the outdoors. This model has been implemented at 7 schools with a further 2 currently being installed.

Model II, Sustainable Market Garden:

This Medium-Scale Market Garden installation’s primary focus is economics. It has its own cold storage and packaging facilities, features a retail outlet, has an outdoor classroom, complete with indigenous edible and medicinal gardens but also provides nutrient dense organic produce affordably directly to community members. It is key to the economic sustainability of the organisation in the medium term. 3 are currently in operation with a total garden space of 6000m2. Two of them have a seedling or plant nursery. This model has been implemented at 2 schools and 1 hospital.

MODEL III, Training Market Garden:

This large installation has three roles: Training, Sustainability and Health. It features a Large-Scale Market Garden, outdoor classroom with indigenous edible and medicinal garden, Agricultural processing kitchen, Animal husbandry, Allotments, a Training Facility, cold storage and a retail outlet. It trains ten 18-35 year old community members a year to become self-sufficient Market Gardeners. The scale of the installation (6000m2) will allow or Neighbourhood Farm NPC to give approximately 50% of farmed produce to faith groups, feeding schemes and pregnant mothers, the other 50% is sold directly to community members at affordable prices to build economic sustainability. This model is currently being implemented at Ocean View Secondary School.

Model IV, Liftoff Gardens:

The primary role of this installation is to provide enterprise development for Neighbourhood Farm trained staff to spread their wings onto surplus, water secure, appropriate land and for them to become entrepreneurs in their own right and is largely based on the Model II, Sustainable Market Garden. This model will be implemented in 2020. Staff and sites have already been identified and business plans are being developed.

Our Projects:

Although we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved in the last year, we’re still a young organization that’s working towards economically sustainability.

If you’d like to contribute towards our greater vision of creating a wellbeing economy, we’ve identified the following projects that we’d like to achieve in the next 24 months. Please contact justin@neighbourhoodfarm.org for further details should you be interested in supporting our organization.

1. Proposed Project: Improving organizational capability

  • Since March 2018, Neighbourhood Farms has grown from a small organization employing 3 employees, to a medium sized social enterprise, employing more the 35 staff from local communities, predominantly from previously disadvantage backgrounds. There is now an increased need for a staff compliment that can further the organizations goals.
    • Employing a Operations / Project Manager, annual cost, R240 000
    • Employing a Administration Clerk, annual cost, R54 000
    • Employing a part-time HR assistant, annual cost, R48 000
    • Employing a Report Writer, annual cost, R120 000
    • Short term Website, Marketing and PR Support, R20 000
    • Employing a junior Retail and Distribution Manager, annual cost, R96 000
    • Training Manual writer, short term contract, R60 000

2. Proposed Project: Educating the Educators

  • We have identified a need to create a program to educate the educators into how to use Neighbourhood Farms as an edible education resource. This program would be developed to integrate subjects taught at schools into the gardens.
  • Budget:
    • Education Facilitator, annual cost, R144 000
    • Development of Edible Education Resources, once off R50 000
    • Fuel allowance R12 000 per annum
    • Printing and distributing of resources to 10 schools: R10 000
    • TOTAL: R216 000

3. Proposed Project: Garden Guardians: Adopt a School

  • This is a Neighbourhood Farms initiative to provide ongoing support of its Edible Education Gardens. The project aims to ensure that the edible education garden and outdoor classroom installed at schools are maintained and improved for current and future students and that biologically diverse and regenerative schools become the status quo for all children. Keenly, it ensures that the installed gardens are sustained and managed while the organization is building towards its own economic sustainability through the sale of produce from its medium and large-scale market gardens to community members.
  • Budget:
    • One Garden Guardian, annual cost, R78 200
    • Ten Garden Guardians, annual cost, R926 400
    • Includes all input costs, maintenance, administration and reporting.

4. Proposed Project: Seeking greener Pastures, a Bay Primary Neighbourhood Market

  • Currently we have three retail outlets (Neighbourhood Markets) at False Bay Hospital, Kommetjie Primary and Laerskool Paul Greyling. The Laerskool Paul Greying Neighbourhood Market is under performing by more than 400% and we are looking for an alternative site in Kalk Bay to move the retail outlet to. Kalk Bay does not have a fresh and ethical produce offering, and we would like to re-locate our Laerskool Paul Greyling Market to the Bay Primary, upper campus, Kalk Bay in a mutually beneficial relationship with both schools.
  • Budget:
    • Relocation Costs, R25 000
    • Edible Education Garden, R50 000
    • TOTAL: R75 000

5. Proposed Project: Delivery and Site maintenance vehicles

  • For the last 18 months, employees, directors and supportive businesses in the South Peninsula, have kindly been utilizing their own vehicles for distribution, deliveries and ongoing maintenance and installation support on the various farms and edible education gardens. We’ve identified a need for three vehicles to cover the above-mentioned operational needs of the organization.
  • Budget:
    • Purchase of 2 x 2nd hand vehicles at approx. R100 000 each
    • Purchase of a new refrigerated Tuk Tuk R78 000
    • TOTAL: R278 000

6. Proposed Project: Water Security at Kommetjie Primary School

  • Our organization installed water security at this site in early 2018. Due to increasing ground water abstraction by the surrounding community of shallow groundwater, the daily water requirements of the Kommetjie Primary School Market Garden weren’t being met jeopardizing the 1500m2 market garden at the school. At huge expense, the organization precured the services of Drillco, who kindly drilled a borehole. Water security was achieved (2500l an hour). The current arrangement with Drillco is that Neighbourhood Farm pays for the installation monthly at R10 000 a month. This unexpected and additional cost is affecting the liquidity of the organization but was extremely necessary to ensure the ongoing success of the Kommetjie Primary Neighbourhood Farm and Edible Education Garden.
  • Budget:
    • Costs to install the borehole R120 000
    • TOTAL: R120 000

7. Proposed Project: Increasing Market Share and providing accessible training resources.

  • Developing Online resources
  • Our organization is contacted almost daily by other communities from all over South Africa asking for assistance and advice on installing, maintaining and managing urban agriculture projects, and has identified a need to create shareable online video resources that can be used as training resources for other communities.
  • 20-30 videos.
  • Budget per annum:
    • R150 000.
  • Redeveloping the Organizations Website:
  • The organizations website is dated and in-adequate in terms of being able to provide up to date and current information to interested parties, community members and funders. We believe that it is necessary to redevelop and update the current website to more adequately be able to communicate and provide resources to community members, individuals and potential funders
  • Budget:
    • Website re-development, R15 000
    • Part time Social Media Manager, annual cost R48 000
  • Documentary
  • We believe that an hour-long documentary can be created and used as a tool to generate greater social consciousness around the importance of Urban Farms in the context that cities in developing countries have great difficulty in coping with rapid urbanization. and are unable to create sufficient formal employment opportunities for the poor. Coupled with a precipitous increase in urban poverty and urban food insecurity, a decrease in cultural plant and food knowledge and a disconnect from wild and rural environments, this rapid urbanization is leaving urban dwellers of all ages from all socio-economic backgrounds (especially children, the future custodians of the earth) poorly informed and ill equipped to live their urban lives in what is fast becoming a degenerative environment. We see this as documentary as a tool to assist in breaking this degenerative cycle. There are no documentaries focused on South African circumstances.
  • Budget: TBC on request.

8. Proposed Project: Volunteer Program

  • Neighbourhood Farm has been inundated with offers from community members to be volunteers on the various projects and sites that we run and maintain. Sadly, because we are a small team, we do not have the resources available to manage volunteers.
  • Budget:
    • Employing a Volunteer Manager, annual cost R120 000
    • Developing resources for volunteer program, R30 000
    • Printing and distributing resources, R10 000
    • TOTAL: R160 000

9. Proposed Project: Outdoor Gym at Kleinberg and Marine Primary Schools, Ocean View.

  • BUDGET TBC on request.

2020 Strategic Objectives:

10. Proposed Project: Worm Farms everywhere.

  • Approximately 30% of all food that is bought by community members ends up in landfill sites. This wasted, valuable resource should be re-invested into schools and communities. Worm Farming, aka vermicomposting systems should become the status quo for every community.
  • Budget:
    • R10 000 per site

11. Proposed Project: Cebo’s Dream, a nursery in Nyanga.

  • Cebo Matoti currently runs our Nursery at the False Bay Hopsital Neighbourhood Farm. His dream is too green Nyanga, and we couldn’t agree more. As part of our enterprise and entrepreneurship development strategy, we’d like to develop an economically viable urban nursery that greens the informal townships of Cape Town, but also sells plants, seedlings and trees to the City of Cape Town, ourselves and other residents of Cape Town.
  • Phase 1
    • Develop Business Model R25 000
    • Administration R5000
    • TOTAL R30 000
  • Phase Two
    • Capex TBC
    • Opex TBC

12. Proposed Project: Saneliswe’s Simons Town Market Garden

  • Saneliswe Mkrebo is the current head market gardener at the False Bay Hospital Farm. We have identified a site in Simostown on Navy ground that we believe is appropriate to develop into a Neighbourhood Farm that is farmed, managed and ‘owned’ by Saneliswe as part of our enterprise and entrepreneurship development strategy. It is based on our Sustainable Market Garden Model.
  • Phase 1
    • Develop Business Model R25 000
    • Administration R5000
    • TOTAL R30 000
  • Phase 2
    • Capex TBC
    • Opex TBC

13. Proposed Project: Jumpstarting 10 Urban Farmers.

  • Funding is being sought in April of 2020 to create a co-operative farm in the under resourced community of Ocean View. Currently, 10 interns are being trained in all aspects of urban farming, including, how to establish a productive and economically viable urban allotment. Irrigation, market access and entrepreneurship at our Ocean View Secondary Training Market Garden. As part of our enterprise and entrepreneurship development strategy, we are seeking funding to create an allotment style co-operative vertical urban farming model for these interns that can be replicated annually.
  • Budget:
    • Phase 1:
      • Develop Business Model R60 000
      • Admistration R10 000
      • TOTAL R70 000
    • Phase 2:
      • Project Manager: Mentorship for 12 months – R180 000
      • Site specific budget TBC based on business model.