Living Justice

Re-naturing the City

Exploring how sharing ecologically grown food can help us re-imagine urban living

Commissioned by TEDx Soweto to take place the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, Re-naturing the City began with Soil is Our Gold shrine and Eat from the Earth Pavement Banquet. Working with JHB Culinary School and Bag Factory Studios, Eat from the Earth shared a table of locally sourced organic food as a space for building relationships between residents, artists, cooks, journalists, urban planners and passers-by. 

The gathering catalysed a sequence of projects, edible interventions and skills-sharing forums. This included the Slow Taste of Sky and Earth, which demonstrated the potential of roof gardens and artisan food preserving practices and Cooking Out of the Box workshop. These convivial gatherings enabled local café and restaurant owners, residents, urban planners, artists and policy-makers to explore more resilient ways of sourcing and sharing food, and recycling food waste. The project lived on as a pioneering sequence of Tastes of Maboneng street feasts organised by Maboneng Precinct.

People were offered an invitation to take time with food, to acknowledge its journey to our tables, and to revive food rituals so that even breaking bread together can remove the distance between people.

Ufrieda Ho, The Star, Johannesburg

Resources | Cooking, Culture and Conversations TEDx Soweto talk