Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

by Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Hello once again dear Global Giving Friends,  one and all!

Do you know about the International year of Family Farming 2014 - IYFF ? ** See the link below** . Here in SA we are finally launching a national inititiative to promote Family Farming and Abalimi-Harvest of Hope is of course a shining jewel in the IYFF-South Africa crown.

We are very late to launch the national IYFF initiative since we are - as a national movement - generally underfunded, widely dispersed and terribly busy in our own programmes. But there are many wonderful "jewel projects"  all over SA besides Abalimi-Harvest of Hope, as well!  I will report on these later once we have a platform up and running to promote them.

Back to Abalimi-Harvest of Hope. Its all go go go- you must please understand that real development is intergenerational- we are working with the extremely marginalised majority- the 50% of our population who are under-educated and cannot ever hope to get "jobs"  in the formal market place.   These are people who our government is afraid of. For they are now getting more restive and if in the next five years the government does not fulfill its many promises as laid out in our constitution and on election platforms, we have a100% sure-fire recipe for violent revolution- a kind of South African Spring, like the Arab Spring.

But this wont happen- why? Because the peaceful Family Farming revolution is growing under the noses of the politicians and mega-business, who mostly dont take it seriously at all- except as a small side bet. *** see my article below *** This Family Farming revolution will transform our country into a peaceful, well fed nation with abundant income.  THIS IS CERTAIN.  It cannot be stopped. And it will "save the butts"  of the politicians and mega-business leaders and,of course, protect our wonderful hard working middle classes,  who are the very people who are our infinitely expandable and newly awakening ethical customer base, who are more and more demanding to be fed un-poisoned local produce that protects nature and creates jobs at the same time ! :) .

This peaceful revolution (involving producers and consumers) is actually worldwide and needs VERY LITTLE money- as we have proved and continue to prove - to get started and succeed. 

Viva Family Farming vivaaaa!



Dear Global Giving Friends,

we are having wonderful exposure and your heartfelt and generous support keeps streaming in! Thank you! 

On Tuesdays (tour day) people turn up every week (we dont advertise, its all word of mouth and social networking) from all over Cape Town  and all over the world to see our work - researchers, journalists, academics, our Harvest of Hope Box members, other family farming groups who want inspiration and who may wish to replicate our model, long time and also new Friends of Abalimi and many more.

They all go away inspired - and tired. Its a fact finding tour and there is so much to see and hear that we cant afford to stop and relax and chill until after the job is done.  Its like how Abalimi works. We do indeed celebrate and party, but after we have done what we came to do.

And every moment and every cent counts.

Please do take time to come on the tour (virtually- see attachment & link) and see some of the recent articles and vids that have recently been done by Tuesday tour visitors below ! :) There are more, but I dont want to overload this report.

Of course, when in Cape Town please remember- if its Abalimi you want to see,  it must be Tuesday. This is the day we harvest and pack for market. All other days are focused on farmer support and development.

WARNING: The Prime TV vid link below will be archived in the next months. But its a classic and we will be getting a copy for posterity

All the very best

Rob                   P.S. we are not a begin-end project. We are a family micro-farming movement, among the

                                  unemployed, in the low income suburbs, in genesis



Hello dear Global Giving Friends

its almost election time here in SA and a big question is - can we feed our nation of over 40 million?

This question may surprise you, since South Africa is among the most developed countries in Africa.

Yet we have beggars on every street corner and knocking on our doors,  constantly crying out for help. We boast one of the highest unemployment rates in the world - around 30% nationally. Wherever you look there are men and women walking the streets looking for work, often with their children in tow. Or tens of thousands of men countrywide on street corners waiting all day in hope of being selected as laborors. Its an image of the Great Depression.

But if you delete the un-employed millions from your mind, you can easily convince yourself that South Africa, with its hard working middle class of nearly 9 million , along with the millions of tourists and business visitors, driving in their rivers of gleaming new cars on all the modern highways and byways,  were the only reality.

Food security is now a national and international talking point, along with unemployment and housing for the "poor majority" . 

And ABALIMI's inspirational model for a viable alternative way to feed and employ our nation is gaining ground.

In fact, our model has relevance Africa-wide, as a possible way to feed the burgeoning urban populations,  as the exodus from rural areas massively increases due to the modern commercial economy decimating old rural lifestyles.

Please read the article from Lead SA (link below) to see how the idea is catching on :)

And it is with your help and loyal support that we are able to develop and improve this inspirational model.

Thank you!

Rob Small


Hello dear Global Giving Friends- this report somehow did not get submitted in May 13 - I had not hit the submit button and only see that now. !

See the well writen article "future on urban farming" attached ! Its still fresh and true!  Its an article written by journalist Dayle Kavonic from Cape Town Magazine with images from famous Amercian photographer Patrick West , who visited in Oct 2012, as well as images  from Abalimi.  

Cape Town Mag is a cosmopolitan on-line magazine set up to promote Cape Town and all its wonders and has a large readership.

Please remember that you, when in Cape Town, are always welcome to come visit and see for yourself what your investment is achieving. I attach also the latest invitation to the Abalimi-Harvest of Hope Tuesday tour, which has some lovely video clip links embedded in it, so you can get an extra feel of what goes down hereabouts. 

Happy Christmas one and all!

All strength and courage for 2014



Dear Friends, some of you may recieve a direct mail with the title of this report- it is the Abalimi newsletter in a mass mail format, beautifully designed and aiming to inspire . So please excuse if you see it more than once- on this site but also in your inbox :)

I attach the full and final, complete version herewith and hope that you will "feel the gift" that is Abalimi .

Abalimi entirely and utterly serves our beloved Mandela's vision for a united South Africa in every way.  Especially when it comes to food security, climate change mitigation, resilience, nature conservation and job creation among those who do not have the education and privelege, or the "vooma",  to get ahead.

Bless you all for your love and generosity. These qualities are the true drivers of a human scale economy.

Mandela is dead. Long Live Mandela !!!!


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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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