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.
Feb 2, 2012

Friends Newsletter # 38 - focus on youth

Greetings to you in a sparkling new 2012!! 

It is definitely the "wake up!" year, I think. No more can we continue in the aggressive, bully-boy, winner takes all manner which is continually exampled (while often saying the opposite) by our world political and business "leaders". 

But we don't need stupid violent people's revolutions either, destroying everything and forcing us backwards.

So thank you , again, for your ongoing and generous help and interest in "the Gentle Revolution" - see my previous posting for more info.

Please take a look at our latest Friends Newsletter # 38 on www.abalimi.org.za . It focuses on how the youth are really starting to come in to the micro-farming movement. 


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Nov 17, 2011

systemic debt and family farming

hello again everyone!

further to my last report, here is the article that sparked me off (which was also printed in the Cape Times some weeks before) , entitled "Systemic debt-the shadow finanancial system' by Joseph Edozien,  plus my article as it apears in the Cape Times. 

The systemic debt article is the best I have ever read on the subject - making the matter understandable for non-economists. 

Thank you once again, one and all, for your help with the micro-farming movement in Cape Town as a model for South Africa.

If you are coming to Cape Town , please note we are closed to the public from 15th December - 10th Jan  (no tours & visits), since its the only time of the year we and our micro-farmers and field workers and trainers get to take a break.

Our thousands of micro-farmers just hunker down and wait out the burning heat (often over 40 degrees) and e with boiling wind to boot)  which happens around then, keeping close to the ground and coming out to water the crops in the morning and evening, and to do essential maintenace tasks on cooler days.


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Nov 15, 2011

Family Farming - the gentle revolution

Hello dear Global Giving Friends!

An article I wrote just got published in full, in the Cape Times, 11.11.11, a leading local newspaper- in their Next Economy national Dialogue (NEND) series, under the heading of "a gentle revolution- Family farming vs the killer foods", on Pg 11 !! I wonder if that means something? 11th day, 11th month, 2011th century, 11th page. 11th hour?

Please, everyone, spread the word and keep supporting our movement if you can, one way or another

- wherever you are , if you have a job and an income, buy from your local organic family farmers, get to know them, support them with passion

- if you have a job and adequate income, do NOT grow your own food- create a virtuous cycle rather, by buying from your local family farmers.

If you dont have a job and an income, * become * a local family micro-farmer and supply those who do have regular jobs and income - you can survive on as little as 100m2, and you can create a reasonable, though modest income, on as little as 500m2 of land !!!! Its better than sitting around, hoping for a job that never comes!!

Problems of hunger, physical and mental health, environment, climate change and jobs solved, in one step.

Thank you for supporting the micro-farming movement here at the tip of Africa - we are building a very hot spark that is catching far and wide, and we look forward to the moment when this spark lights the huge but * gentle * fire that is bound to sweep Africa and all the Third World- indeed already is (but we are behind in South Africa) as the so called Big System does its normal thing- make huge promises and disinherit millions, while super-enriching the few.


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