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Urbanizing Ecology

Bringing Farming Back Into The City

Ulrike Brandt

MArch 2022

Unit Leader: Gregory Katz
Unit Tutor: Jaco Jonker
Unit Assistant: Senzo Mamba

Making... A Difference 2022
Bringing farming back into the city is becoming more and more necessary due to the price of living and food security.

My site is Pinmill Farm, located in Sandown, Sandton. It is a defunct office park with less than 50% occupancy. Through site investigations I found that there are few food amenities in the
surrounding context to supply the businessmen and women. Adjacent the office park is the Jukskei River and across that, in Innesfree Park, is an informal settlement as well as the household
of the original farm owners. I came to discover that Innesfree Park and Pinmill Farm used to be farmlands and noticed the settlers still farming on a portion of the land.

This got me looking further into the food security issue and the benefits of bringing farming back into the city. These benefits include less carbon emissions due to production, packaging, and distribution happening on site; an opportunity to bring two very different communities together through programmes (the settlers, becoming farmers because of their skills and the Sandton community through food markets). There is also an opportunity to provide educational programmes on new ways of farming, such as hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics.

Bringing farming into the city also contributes positively to the food security issue because of year-round crop production in a controlled environment and readily available on site for consumption.

Urban Farming, Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Food Security, City

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