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.
I am absolutely blown away by the constant stream of generous donations so many of you are giving. Thank you so very much for being there, for being so kind and for standing firmly with us!
I dont have any new articles or video links to post at the moment, but if you have not seen them, please do scroll back through the reports and look at the recent videos and articles that I have posted over the last 12 months or so. They are all 100% current, since in the world of human development, and also among the poor, the reality is that change usually happens in leaps, with long periods of build-up in between.
Please do come visit and see first hand when in Cape Town! I personally conduct a Tuesday tour 9am-12pm every week except for public holidays and for three weeks over the Christmas period. Invite below.
We are right now preparing a Friends newsletter (# 38) which will cover 12 months, and this could be ready as early as September! There are a couple of other articles and films which will also be copied to us- we have a lot of people wanting to promote our very successful and sustainable micro-farming model, and help it spread far and wide!!
All the very best
Invite to a tour for Friends of Abalimi : Tours go out every Tuesday , usually from 9am-12pm, except for public holidays, VERY heavy weather, taxi riots and popular uprisings :-) , or if overbooked and if no one is available to conduct them. We normally begin at 9am at the BP garage, corner Wetton Rd and Rosmead Ave, Wynberg and finish by 12pm. We combine cars as much as possible and go in convoy- there is secure parking for surplus cars. We visit a community garden in Gugulethu, then the Abalimi -Harvest of Hope office & pack shed in Phillipi and finish up at the “place where all our work begins” - at the Abalimi People’s Garden Centre, in Nyanga. It is also possible for people coming from Stellenbosch side to start at 10:30am at the Abalimi pack shed (map available) and finish by 1pm after visiting the Peoples Garden Centre and the community garden .
To get an idea of what you will see:
1. view a CNN clip about Abalimi ‘s work, as explained by our farmer leader Christina Kaba – its lovely!! http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/29/community.farming.cape.town/index.html
2. check out a more detailed video made by American volunteer Matt Miller and his good friend Travis Blue on http://vimeo.com/19360310 - Matt and Travis are professional photographers and IT-media folks, who came specially to make the video and give it to Abalimi as a gift ! Amazing.
And read article/s & or newsletter/s on our websites listed below to get an idea of who we are and what you will see.
These tours are for Friends of Abalimi, and are free of charge, although donations are always needed and very welcome. Please see the donations form in the newsletter which is also on the website and will be handed out after the tour, to see the options to donate.
The tour is “no frills”. Please bring own snacks and refreshments, and make sure to bring hats and all-weather gear as well. It can be boiling hot one moment and rainy and cold with gale force wind the next. Please let me know if you are coming.. My emergency contact number is 082 3319133. Best regards Rob Small Resource mobilization for ABALIMI www.abalimi.org.za www.harvestofhope.co.za www.farmgardentrust.org
Dear Global Giving Friends,
This is just to say a BIG thank you, again, to all of you who have donated till now, those who donate regularly, or who have recently donated since I posted the last report.
If you have not already done so please do check out the video's I posted in my last report- they are really current and tell our whole story beautifully.
Please also come visit on a Tuesday morning 9am-12pm when in Cape Town. Thats when I do the Friends no-frills fact finding tour. Let me know if you are coming!!
Please also make sure to join your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme wherever you live, and create a the future - local and sustainable food economies ! If there is no CSA in your area, create one! I can link you to people and info that could help you do this.
All the best
micro-farmer: activist for the peaceful local organic green revolution among rich and poor alike
Dear Friends one and all,
here is a link to a CNN clip about Abalimi ‘s work, as explained by our farmer leader Christina Kaba – its lovely!!
Also check out a video recently completed by an American volunteer- Matt Miller , and his good friend Travis Blue on http://vimeo.com/19360310 - Matt and Travis are professional photographers and IT-media folks, who came specially to make the video and give it to Abalimi as a gift.
All the best and Viva to community micro-farming !
Greetings Global Giving Friends!
Did you know that extremes in Cape Town are normal- always have been.
beach sand for soil, 40 degree dry heat in summer, floods in winter, gale force winds in between
the super rich living a few kilometers away from a sea of super poor
And our micro-farmers , who live among the shacks, are not deterred by the extremes- they know how to grow the most splendid abundance of healthy unpoisoned organic vegetables, to feed thousands of the poor, while selling some of these at a good price to those with jobs and money!
Please take a look the links below to view a lovely video made by volunteer Matt Miller , and his good friend Travis Blue- they came all the way from America to do it, as a gift to Abalimi!!
Please also read below a recent article about our leading micro-farmer, Christina Kaba.
And dont forget to keep a Tuesday morning free (9am-12pm) to visit our work first hand, when you visit Cape Town !
Please accept, one and all, our hearty thanks for your donations- every cent counts. Hundreds of micro-farmers among the poor in Cape Town have been, and continue to be, supported with essential services, as a result.
All the very best- Rob Small , family micro-farming activist!
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