Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening


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


Hello everyone- sorry its taken so long to say a HEARTY THANK YOU to all of you for the wonderful donations - over R12000 since March 09 from 18 people. I am not allowed to mention names here unless you specifically say I can, but you all know who you are are!

These funds keep at least 70 micro-farmers supported with on-site training, resource supply, mentorship and even marketing help, for one month. Or put another way, your collective R12000 supports one micro-farmer with all of the above for 70 months!!

Remember that all farmers need special assistance. American and European commercial farmers get huge subsidies, otherwise they would collapse and no-one would have food.

So your help to Abalimi assists scores of emerging micro-farmers to learn to feed their families and their communities, who otherwise cannot get fresh food every day. And the food they grow and eat is top quality organic, so it makes people strong and healthy at the same time as nice and full!!

I attach a couple of new articles for your to read. Enjoy!!

All the best. Rob Small



Dear Friends, With the economic downturn and increasing unemployment in South Africa, growing your own food is becoming more popular!!

Take a peek at

and read all about Abalimi in the international news!!

We are ever more busy, training people like mad, at all levels - Survival level, Subsistence Level, Livelihood Level and even at Commercial Level!!

Your help continues to be VITAL , so thank you one and all for "pulling in"!

The latest amounts (Nov and Dec 08) that came through from quite a number of good people, including our dear friend Grace (who visited Abalimi in 2008) amounted to over R10 500.00 !!!

Thank you for staying with us on the "long road to health and prosperity through organic micro-farming among the poor!!"

Please read our latest Harvest of Hope newsletter attached , which is written to clients of Harvest of Hope, to give you a feel for how our marketing end is going!

Remember- the training you have sponsored makes it all happen!!

All good blessings for 2009- may your own gardens flourish!!

Yours in true development Rob Small for ABALIMI



Hello Dear Friends of Global Giving!

In late October I received notice from Manmeet Mehta of Global Giving that 6 people and one organisation had together donated $2,864.85 during August and September !!! This is the largest amount yet and comes to a whopping ZAR 28730.00. That is a LOT of training and resources to our emerging farmers. Thank you so much.

In the meantime, please take a peek at our refreshed website on and also our latest newsletter attached!!

All the very best to you and yours for the Christmas period. We at Abalimi will be continuing in our fields and gardens in support of the poor- who will celebrate Christmas with LOTS of healthy fresh food as part of the festive treat!! And, of course, good farmers seldom go away from their land for long!!

All the very best Rob for ABALIMI


Dear GlobalGiving Friends - six of you have donated a total of USD 466.84 in May and June, which was deposited into the ABALIMI account in late July 08. Some of you donated more than once!! Your Dollars translate to many more Rands- over R3000 in this case!

This is just to say thank you - your help and support and interest is more than the money you give, but the money represents this, and carries with it enormous powers of encouragement and blessing! Right now more poor people are being trained to grow fresh food sustainably because of you.

I am working on our next Friends newsletter, which will be full of pictures and stories. I will post this for you on Global Giving as soon as it is available- probably in early October.

All the very best- Rob Small

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Rob Small

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

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