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Living Green

Living Green creates vegetable gardens for residents, restaurants and community groups across Cape Town. Their gardens are low-maintenance and use only natural and organic materials. The Living Green team also offer training and workshops on edible gardening.

Cape Town, Western Cape

Website    Phone 021-7854847   Email

Have you ever tried growing your own vegetables and herbs? Here’s a company that will actually design and build the garden for you! Based in Cape Town, Living Green creates over 100 gardens every year.

Sam Adams is the green fingers behind the business. Having grown up in central London, he moved to Zimbabwe as a teenager and fell in love with the beauty and vitality of nature. In 2002 he moved to Cape Town and received a Masters degree in sustainability. He now lives with his family on a small organic farm between Noordhoek and Kommetjie.

Launched in 2008, Living Green began as a broad-based eco-consultancy. With the growth of his organic farm, Sam decided to focus on the organic gardening side of the eco-world. He designed a starter garden for small suburban homes. It is 2x1m and at R1,000 can feed a small family with constant salad and herb ingredients as well as many other vegetables.

The gardens can get much bigger, with Living Green working on projects up to 4,000 sq/m in size. The gardens are “intentionally low-maintenance and naturally pest-repellent” according to Sam. This is through an intelligent mix of planting and building methods that confuse pests and discourage their presence in the garden. The use of mulch repels snails and limits evaporation meaning less watering.

For those living in apartments or bricked townhouses, Living Green builds wooden boxes and wine barrels that come fully planted with vegetables, herbs and salad plants. Sam comments, “These are also ideal for people renting their homes and not wanting to invest in a permanent garden.”

When not creating vegetable gardens and managing his farm, Sam travels around southern Africa running workshops on food security and sustainable agriculture. This has taken him to Zimbabwe, Uganda, and most recently Lesotho. He comments, “My core passion is food security. It is so phenomenally rewarding to bring these skills to rural communities and breathe hope into hungry lives. I see farmers transform from a survival-mentality to a belief in the possibility of prosperity and success on their land.”

Visit the Living Green farm and join in with some urban farming! The farm is open most Saturday mornings – but you will need to make contact in advance. Bring children with you and they can feed the chickens, collect eggs, plant seeds and explore the garden.

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