Village and “Know Thy Farmer” Farmstall and Café

The Oude Molen Eco Village is located on the site known as Valkenberg East, near the Cape Town suburb of Pinelands. It is situated in large, park-like gardens bordered by sensitive wetlands lining the Black River. Oude Molen is a working model of a sustainable Eco-village in which respect and consideration for people, nature and diversity is encouraged. The long-term goal for the village is to establish an economically sustainable micro-enterprise Eco-village that illustrates the synergy between government, community and business. The aim is to enable the three stakeholders to work together to stimulate job creation, youth development, occupational therapy, environmental education, arts and cultural interaction and micro-enterprise development, and to demonstrate Eco-friendly energy and technology. The 70 tenants in the village – artists, woodworkers, music studios, photographers, trainers and a frail-care center – collectively provide employment for about 300 people. Horse riding and nature walks can be arranged for visitors. Try the “Know Thy Farmer” Farmstall and Café for tasty food, good coffee, freshly squeezed juices and homegrown organic produce, as well as daily wood-fired breads. The farm café has a lovely garden with a tree house and play area for children. It also hosts birthday parties, functions and corporate events and offers holiday program for children. The café can be contacted on +27 (0)21 447 8226. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00.   source: Cape Town Travel   Share...
Oude Molen Eco Village

Oude Molen Eco Village

The Oude Molen Tenants Association and the City TRUP are promoting a future development based on local and international best practices Oude Molen Village was initiated as a micro enterprise village in 1997 by a group of social entrepreneurs to optimise the use of an abandoned hospital, Valkenberg East in Pinelands, by providing employment, youth development and food security. Over the past 17 years the village has evolved into a diverse community consisting of 42 small enterprises providing 200 full-time employment opportunities. Enterprises range from backpacker accommodation, music studios, equestrian activities, frail care services, metal, wood and craft workshops, public pool and braai facilities, urban agriculture, educational, social and recreational amenities and Non-Profit services to youth and the elderly. The Oude Molen Tenants Association and City TRUP organisation is promoting a unique future development proposal to maximise the potential of the property as a flagship Live and Work micro enterprise Eco Village based on local and international best practices. The aim is to continue transforming the property as a social enterprise for profits to be used for additional social, economic, environmental and educational development in the region. In addition, to provide 500 fulltime and 1500 part-time employment opportunities with 100 enterprises providing job shadowing opportunities to 160 unemployed youth per month. The proposal is financially sustainable, optimizes the unique historical, location, scenic views and social and recreational opportunities for the general public. OMEVTA intends mobilising the public to provide ideas of what the future eco village should look like and then approach local designers to articulate these ideas. This will ensure broader innovation, public participation and joint custodianship and...
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