Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

Apr 30, 2012

Good news!

Dear Friends

greetings from the 'bottom' of Africa , once again!

We got some very lovely coverage in the USA by Rosie Spinks in the Daily Good recently. See Link 1 below

Another bit of good news is that Todd and Marysia, filmmakers, also from America, are working hard to complete a new movie on our work, and they are looking for a bit if help to do so - all done for the love of our Family Microfarmers and Abalimi. They are extraordinary Friends indeed. Please check them out on Link 2

And of course there has been an ongoing stream of wonderful encouragement via your donations, which is like good rain on fertile soil!!  Thank you so much, one and all !

This year we will be documenting our model in great detail so that we can give it away as a "free social franchise" to any farmer group or support organization who are serious about small farmer development for food security and want to create real community based micro-farming jobs. Watch this space.

I hope that 2012 is going well for you and that you will come visit our micro-farming movement in Cape Town sometime, if you have not done so already. 

More reports in due course. Thank you so much to the GlobalGiving Team who work so incredibly hard to make this space available to us all. I even got a reminder to post a report, for which I am very grateful.

All the very best to you all, wherever you are.

Rob Small


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 . It focuses on how the youth are really starting to come in to the micro-farming movement. 

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.

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.

Oct 24, 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 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   and  Abby on  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 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 and I will respond. 

All the very best

Rob Small


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Project Leader

Rob Small

Resource Mobilisation Leader and Board Secretary
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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Map of Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening