Urban Farmers Market

During the COVID-19 pandemic the urban farm was established to grow fresh produce for communities affected by the rising food prices and job losses. The urban farmers’ market was the established to not only sell farm produce but, was a space for local artisans to sell their goods too.

Locally produced goods, arts and crafts

In 2020, the NGO African Artists for Development (AAD), based in Paris, France, set up the Resistance 2020 program, funding 3 impact projects across 3 African countries in support of communities during COVID-19. In this program AAD is joining forces with Growbox, to launch a fully-fledged vegetable production farm in Hanover Park on the Cape Flats. 

Cape Town – 5 December 2020

Invited guests, performing artists and locals visit the GrowBox Urban Farm and Farmers’ Market in Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa.

Pictures: Jeffrey Abrahams

Providing a safe, friendly and holistic place of economic opportunities

The purpose of the urban farm was to cater to low-income households that could not afford store bought produce. At the same time, the market provided a safe, family friendly and holistic place for economic opportunities for vendors to exhibit their goods at the market.

Those financially affected by the pandemic had the opportunity to purchase fresh produce at below retail cost and it gave vendors the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods at the Urban Farmers’ Market.

Currently the market is not operating but the fresh organic farming continues. It’s now also used as an urban agriculture training venue to beneficiaries of our food gardening courses. Here the beneficiaries are able to put the theory to practice and grow their own organic food.

Schools, ECD centres and NGOs are welcome to book tours to the nursery and the urban farm space. Social impact workshops are also hosted at the venue.


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