Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Abalimi is a Volunteer Association working to empower the disadvantaged through its organic Urban Agriculture program & projects. We support our target groups' ability to replicate their success and transform their lives in their urban and rural environments, through the following Key Result Areas: resource support; training; organisation building; facilitation of partnerships; research, monitoring and evaluation.
Oct 12, 2011

article, newsletter and matching grant

Hello Dear GlobalGiving Friends 

Take a peek at a nice article I just posted on the Entrepreneurship Africa online mag in the link below

Think of spreading the word about our work, because Global Gving are matching your donations until 19th October! 

Look out soon for our next Friends newsletter (#38) which is nearly "ready to roll" and I will post it with another report soon- all about Youth in our micro-farming movement

Please note that we have not named you each individually on our newsletter Roll of Honor, since we assume you all prefer your privacy in this instance, but we did name you all collectively as our GlobalGiving Friends. 

Thank you one and all, once again, for every single gift to support our micro-farming movement at the tip of Africa- we are a seed which is sprouting and spreading its energy country-wide and even Africa-wide! We are having farmer delegations from as far afield as Freetown in Sierra Leone come study our model!!! .  

Hope you are all thriving in your creativity.

All the very best

Rob Small


Oct 12, 2011

Seed to Table Cookbook on TV

Dear Global Giving Friends

This is just a quick note to point you to a video of a live cook-up on TV, using a "township tradition" recipe from our Seed to Table Cookbook!   See the link below

This cookbook was initiated by Uthando (love) a social profit (non-profit) tour agency run by James Fernie, who appears along with the farmer-cooks in the video. His Cape Town tours are unique and every cent of profit goes to social projects including Abalimi. Go visit  www.uthandosa.org for more info on Uthando.

Not mentioned in the video is the fact that the book is co-authored by three wonderful American volunteers and Rotary scholars, Erin, Abby and Toni, who got together with some of our micro-farmers to put a pile of recepies together, using the lovely vegetables that we grow - most of them being table vegetables, common worldwide.

If you like cooking, why dont you buy a cookbook? 

 Erin on erinkoepke@gmail.com   and  Abby on akelsener@gmail.com  are also our Agents in USA !  Toni is still in SA. They are selling the books for us at USD15.00 a copy plus mailing.   If you live elsewhere on this beautiful world,  and not the USA, just order a copy from Abalimi on info@abalimi.org.za and it can be air or surface mailed to you. ZAR100 plus postage.

They are lovely Christmas presents! 

Last but not least, thank you one and all, once again,  for your support and your donations.  I am not able to communicate directly with each of you, but PLEASE, if you have a question or concern, contact me on info@abalimi.org.za and I will respond. 

All the very best

Rob Small


Sep 18, 2011

climate change again young people in agriculture and thank you

Hello everyone! 

With "COP17" coming up in Durban soon , we are getting quite a few queries about what our impact is on Climate Change. I attach a recent very short write up about this - I hope you will be impressed!!

Another topical 'worry-point' is "where are the young people in agriculture?" This is a worldwide question, to which I like to  give a tongue in cheek answer- "dont worry, there are always more people getting older and wiser, and they will carry on the work!! "  In addition,  we are now noticing a turn around- according to our network news there are now many young people who are coming 'on board the organic-bio-dynamic agriculture ark' worldwide, and this is true also for our micro-farmers in Cape Town. Please look out in October for our next newsletter # 38 which will feature some up and coming young farmers.  

Lastly and not leastly - thank you again and again,  to all,  for being such good "Friends of Abalimi" and putting your money on the line for our seminal work - kindling a new movement for family micro-farming among the poor which has the capacity to 'save the world'. Really. 

All the very best to one and all.


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