Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

 
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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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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  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

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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

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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.

Rob


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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