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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has handed over more than 42 food gardens to communities in need of sustainable food sources. The projects provide support for informal farmers and job opportunities.

TAKING the National Development Plan's commitment to ensuring that no-one in the city goes hungry to heart, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has handed over 42 food gardens to schools and orphanages since 2012.

The urban agricultural project is part of the City's plan to ensure that residents can meet their food needs. The food garden initiative also helps to raise environmental awareness among destitute communities, provides employment and helps to provide continuous and sustainable food security.

Lakeside Park in Orange Farm is the latest food garden to be handed over; here the community comprises mostly informal farmers.

The original inhabitants of Orange Farm arrived in 1988 from Weilers Farm, a maize and cattle farm in the Grasmere area. Many were farm workers and by 2004 the area's population had grown to
300 000, and it can be assumed that the current population is even higher.

Residents informally farmed the land earmarked for development, so the City's initiative has taken care to not dispossess these farmers and has included them in the project, providing supportive infrastructure, and information on more efficient farming methods to grow more and better quality food.