Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening


Hello again all

To add to my previous report which I just posted a few minutes ago, I append the latest ABALIMI Friends newsletter # 36 in case you would like to download it direct from Global Giving, instead of visiting the Abalimi website.

I also add the link to the Farm and Garden National Trust, which I launched recently to source more local individual donations for the micro-farming movement , using (and supporting) Abalimi as the national role model, now that big corporate funding locally and worldwide is becoming less available for genuine development.

May the new ecological Family Farming movement thrive and grow in your own backyard!

All the best Rob



Hello everyone !

Five of you donated very recently over R1700 USD which amounted to R12 784 !! That makes it possible to provide a full range of support ( infrastructure and bulk inputs supply, trees and indigenous plants, training and follow-up, monitoring and evaluation, marketing and management support) to one farmer for 127 months, or 127 farmers for one month !! Thank you thank you thank you!! PLEASE COME VISIT and see what you are doing to change the way grassroots South Africa works! - a Green Carpet Tour is ALWAYS waiting for you on any Tuesday , every Tuesday, which is our market day, between 9an-12pm.

Please remember that, unless you specifically suggest it, I will not to directly communicate with you. But I will always welcome your questions and comments !! So please fire away.

Abalimi is a finalist in the national Impumelelo Innovations for Sustainability Awards, . Please hold thumbs for us, since this award is one of the most genuine in the world. We will know on the 16th May. But even making it to the finals is a huge honor, so we will not be disappointed if we dont "win" one of the actual awards.

For more insights about our work, please check out the attached latest article - its lovely. And also read our latest newsletter (# 36) on our website - see links below. All the very best- Rob



Dear Friends of ABALIMI via Global Giving

Thank you to 3 USA friends for USD 287 / ZAR 2200 (!!) in October 2009 and 3 UK friends between Sept 09-Dec 09 for GBP 113 / ZAR 1400 (!!). Altogether ZAR 3600, enough to provide our full suite of essential services (cheap inputs, training and follow-up, monitoring and evaluation, marketing value chain) to at least 3 micro-farmers for a full year!

Remember that *all* farmers need support, or none of us would eat. The so-called "commercial industrial farmers" of the world are more often than not heavily subsidized by our governments , or given very special structural support deals in the countries in which they operate, which amounts to the same thing. These same commercial farmers cost us the earth because they use up much more energy and resources than they produce.

Our organic micro-farmers need very very little support - not more than USD15 per month. With this they feed whole communities while building up and conserving the natural environment, sinking tons of carbon and making thousands of people healthy through eating really high quality fresh food. And all this is done among the undereducated and unemployable poor.

Just read the articles in my most recent previous postings.

And if you come to Cape Town, come on one of my Tuesday "from seed to table" tours, from 9am-12pm every Tuesday. Let me know in advance though.

I will be back , but in the meantime please do ask questions, please do read the articles I have posted, please do say "hello" if you are in Cape Town.

And to the Global Giving team in USA and UK- thank you hugely for the enormous task you fulfill and the excellent work you do for us all.

Because of you all I can say Viva micro-farmers and family farmers among the poor in Cape Town!!

All the best for 2010!!


Hello everyone!!

Please See the attached articles to get an idea of the coverage we are getting!!

Thanks again to you, our Global Giving Friends, and the Global Giving Team !! Until next time! rob


Thank you to three people who donated just over USD270 in May and June- about ZAR1700 which will give training support to 17 farmers for one month or 1 farmer for 17 months, or a full start-up training to one new farmer. During the last 12 months you all helped us to provide training and resource support to over 3000 micro-farmers!

For those of you who like to read technical stuff, please take a look at our newly composed Harvest of Hope business plan attached. Its very exciting stuff!! There is also a financial and production plan available, and you only need to ask me and I will send them as well. I know that this kind of stuff is not what most people want to see, but I thought I would take a chance and put it here anyway, as I dont have any new articles at the moment.

All the best! 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