Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

by Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Hello Everyone- well its almost Christmas once again, or for those who have other religious & spiritual orientations, it is for sure the end of another year on earth. :)

We were fortunate to host two lovely volunteers from the US of A recently and they made a lovely video about our grasroots farming movement leader and elder Ma Tenjiwe Christina Kaba. The link is below and this is the message we recieved from them:

Hannah and I also made a short 1 minute version of the film and entered it into a different competition. It closes on December 15th so you have plenty of time to watch it a few times ;) Maybe we could put it in the newsletter again too? Thanks for your support!

I'll be back in Cape Town for the week starting November 7th before heading back to the United States. Look forward to seeing you all in the office!



I am sure you will enjoy the video as much as I did.

With this,I would like to thank you one and all once again for staying with us-  please, even when we reach target, dont go away- keep on supporting us if you can !  The "target" is just because that is what we all need to feel good.But the reality is that this is an intergenerational program that builds and plants for the long road. There are no short roads to freedom from suffering and lack.  Once our "target" is reached I will as quickly as possible post another project with another "target" and I hope and pray that none of you go away during this process which may take some time.

All the very best and Good blessings to you and yours



Dear Friends,

this is just to say hello and thank you one and all for the support you have given thus far. 

Some of you I know personally but the fact is that all of you have voted for us by donating and your vote makes a huge difference to our work.

I dont have a new article to post this time , but please do go visit our updated Harvest of Hope website via the link below -  our micro-farmers are producing such wonderfully top quality vegetables and they are getting better and better at itand creating better and better livelihoods for themselves and their families, rather than remaining unemployed and desperate .  Harvest of Hope is their dedicated niche market and the general public can go online and order a packet of freshly harvested veg every week which is delivered to a collection point near where they live or work in Cape Town 

I hope to post another more informative report soon .

Very many thanks to you , once again

All the very best

Rob Small


Dear Global Giving Friends

I attach hereto an article I have posted before, now updated and published recently in the Odyssey magazine here in SA..

Everything written there is true and spreading like a good virus.

You may be reading about all the problems in SA.

Well, the media just love bad news, as do its consumers, it seems. 

From my perspective as a movement leader, on the ground,  among the common People, inside the very areas where all the poverty and unemployment exist, I can only affirm from my direct experience with tens of thousands of ordinary South Africams, that we have absolute confidence in the future of South Africa as a young democracy- a democracy with possibly even more liberties and freedoms and rights in law than anywhere else in the world.

We only need to focus more, to eliminate poverty and unemployment  in SA , once and for all.

And a large part of that focus will be on what former president Thabo Mbeki called the Second Economy.

This is where Family Farming comes in-  locally grown poison-free food feeding the nation and generating a modest abundance of  hard cash and huge health for all People ,their Cultures and for Nature.   End of poverty and unemployment among the marginalised masses.  End of environmental degradation.  Voila!  Just like that. Simple. Cost effective. Straighforward.

Its a no-brainer .  And its just a matter of time

And if you look around you in your own countries, you will see this marvellous freedom-driven family farming movement blossoming and thriving wherever you gaze, in all directions ! In back yards, in commonages, in allotments, in cities on rooftops, in odd corners, on balconies!   Just look for it and tell me if I am wrong. And it threatens and competes with nothing and no-one.

Enjoy :)

Thank you for your ongoing support and blessings from far and near,

Very best regards, wherever you are.



Dear GlobalGiving Friends one and all

I apologise for a late report.. Our work is thriving!  Please read the latest News via the link below-full of Farmer stories

The theme is Passing the Flame .

The older generation who have developed the Family Micro-Farming Movement among the unemployed and who have created the Harvest of Hope market are now training and supporting the Youth to come on board.

And they are coming!  No young farmers=no farming in the future.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the stories and the People in them, who are pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps and making it all happen.

One of our greatest Mentors and the original Founding Father of Abalimi, Peter Templeton, has this to say about this newsletter: "its full of great pics, short little stories, lots of variety, lots of facts” 

All the verey best to all of you , wherever you are



Dear Global Giving Friends

our work is now gaining increasing recognition from Government. You can read about it in the article via the  link below.

Christina Tenjiwe Kaba (featured in the article) and her community garden called Moya we Khaya (Spirit of Home) are among our very best producers and are proving that family micro-farming business can succeed even under the toughest conditions.

 Christina is also a co-founder of Abalimi Bezekhaya and she is the one who has always found a way for Abalimi's work  to advance under very complex social and political conditions, during Aparteid and post Apartheid,  in the poorest communities around Cape Town. 

Unemployment in South Africa and in Cape Town is growing and food costs are spiralling ever upwards.

Christina's example is inspiring many others to grow their own fresh food and earn extra income by selling surplus.

And there are other micro-farmers like Christina,  who are also setting an excellent example and inspiring those around them.

Your assistance helps make all of this possible.

All the very best to you for Christmas and the New Year.




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Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Rob Small
Resource Mobilisation Leader and Board Secretary
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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