Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Abalimi is a Volunteer Association working to empower the disadvantaged through its organic Urban Agriculture program & projects. We support our target groups' ability to replicate their success and transform their lives in their urban and rural environments, through the following Key Result Areas: resource support; training; organisation building; facilitation of partnerships; research, monitoring and evaluation.
Mar 15, 2011

40 degree heat - climate change?

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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Jan 4, 2011

life giving water on fertile land

Dear Friends,

Good greetings in 2011    

Although thousands of our micro-farmers took a short break over Christmas, this is also when the real Heat and Burning Wind begins to hit Cape Town.  40 degree temperatures combined with hot wind are not uncommon and crops can shrivel in an hour if not properly watered. So watering of all the new seedlings for the new season has continued every day, and now its time for the farmers to intensify work to ensure ongoing abundance in the New Year.  

I will post more reports in the next months, but if you have not already, please do google Abalimi on YouTube- you will  find some lovely new and old video clips there, which really do tell our story so nicely.  

Thank you thank you thank you , one and all,  or your ongoing support  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Donations continue to stream in, like life giving water onto fertile land. 

Thank you also,  dear Global Giving Team,  for being a wonderful bridge between us and overseas friends!!!

All the very best and until the next report

Rob Small

for ABALIMI

Oct 17, 2010

Friends Newsletter 37

Hello everyone, once again! 

I have attached our Friends newsletter # 37- I think its the best one ever. It has good photos, lots of news and a feature called "Men's gardens in a Woman's movement- Do they work? "  

Its worth the download time to read and enjoy. 

Your donations are always deeply appreciated. The micro-farming movement among the poor in Cape Town is a world class model which proves once and for all that food and cash poverty can be entirely overcome, on organic micro-farms not bigger than 100m2 to 500m2,  built on tiny pieces of useless wasteland, forever. 

Right now we have a delegation of farmers from Freetown in Sierra Leone studying the model. We are getting farmer and even government delegations (can you believe it?) from around SA applying to study our model.

It works  !!!  

We do not need mega Green Revolution industrial super-forced crops and animals to feed the world. This is absolute nonsense believed by some leaders, scientists, economists, business people and thoughtless consumers, who seem to live on another abstract planet.. 

Please do come and visit on a Tuesday morning 9am-12pm when in Cape Town - just let me know you are coming. I do the tour every Tuesday. Info below.  

All the best, as always, Rob - ever aspiring super-micro-farmer :) 

Info on Tours: Tours go out every Tuesday , usually from 9am-12pm, except for public holidays,  VERY heavy weather, taxi riots and popular uprisings J , 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. Read the story on http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82899   to get an idea of what you will see and hear. See also the attached/linked  article/s & or newsletter/s.

 These tours are for Friends of Abalimi,  and are free of charge, although donations are always much needed and very welcome.   Please see the donations form in the newsletter which will be handed out after the tour,  to see the options to donate.

The tour is “no frills” so please bring own snacks and refreshments and make sure to bring 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

 


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