Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

by Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Hello dear Global Giving Friends!

An article I wrote just got published in full, in the Cape Times, 11.11.11, a leading local newspaper- in their Next Economy national Dialogue (NEND) series, under the heading of "a gentle revolution- Family farming vs the killer foods", on Pg 11 !! I wonder if that means something? 11th day, 11th month, 2011th century, 11th page. 11th hour?

Please, everyone, spread the word and keep supporting our movement if you can, one way or another

- wherever you are , if you have a job and an income, buy from your local organic family farmers, get to know them, support them with passion

- if you have a job and adequate income, do NOT grow your own food- create a virtuous cycle rather, by buying from your local family farmers.

If you dont have a job and an income, * become * a local family micro-farmer and supply those who do have regular jobs and income - you can survive on as little as 100m2, and you can create a reasonable, though modest income, on as little as 500m2 of land !!!! Its better than sitting around, hoping for a job that never comes!!

Problems of hunger, physical and mental health, environment, climate change and jobs solved, in one step.

Thank you for supporting the micro-farming movement here at the tip of Africa - we are building a very hot spark that is catching far and wide, and we look forward to the moment when this spark lights the huge but * gentle * fire that is bound to sweep Africa and all the Third World- indeed already is (but we are behind in South Africa) as the so called Big System does its normal thing- make huge promises and disinherit millions, while super-enriching the few.


Dear Global Giving Friends

This is just a quick note to point you to a video of a live cook-up on TV, using a "township tradition" recipe from our Seed to Table Cookbook!   See the link below

This cookbook was initiated by Uthando (love) a social profit (non-profit) tour agency run by James Fernie, who appears along with the farmer-cooks in the video. His Cape Town tours are unique and every cent of profit goes to social projects including Abalimi. Go visit for more info on Uthando.

Not mentioned in the video is the fact that the book is co-authored by three wonderful American volunteers and Rotary scholars, Erin, Abby and Toni, who got together with some of our micro-farmers to put a pile of recepies together, using the lovely vegetables that we grow - most of them being table vegetables, common worldwide.

If you like cooking, why dont you buy a cookbook? 

Erin on   and  Abby on  are also our Agents in USA !  Toni is still in SA. They are selling the books for us at USD15.00 a copy plus mailing.   If you live elsewhere on this beautiful world,  and not the USA, just order a copy from Abalimi on and it can be air or surface mailed to you. ZAR100 plus postage.

They are lovely Christmas presents! 

Last but not least, thank you one and all, once again,  for your support and your donations.  I am not able to communicate directly with each of you, but PLEASE, if you have a question or concern, contact me on and I will respond. 

All the very best

Rob Small


Hello Dear GlobalGiving Friends 

Take a peek at a nice article I just posted on the Entrepreneurship Africa online mag in the link below

Think of spreading the word about our work, because Global Gving are matching your donations until 19th October! 

Look out soon for our next Friends newsletter (#38) which is nearly "ready to roll" and I will post it with another report soon- all about Youth in our micro-farming movement

Please note that we have not named you each individually on our newsletter Roll of Honor, since we assume you all prefer your privacy in this instance, but we did name you all collectively as our GlobalGiving Friends. 

Thank you one and all, once again, for every single gift to support our micro-farming movement at the tip of Africa- we are a seed which is sprouting and spreading its energy country-wide and even Africa-wide! We are having farmer delegations from as far afield as Freetown in Sierra Leone come study our model!!! .  

Hope you are all thriving in your creativity.

All the very best

Rob Small


Hello everyone! 

With "COP17" coming up in Durban soon , we are getting quite a few queries about what our impact is on Climate Change. I attach a recent very short write up about this - I hope you will be impressed!!

Another topical 'worry-point' is "where are the young people in agriculture?" This is a worldwide question, to which I like to  give a tongue in cheek answer- "dont worry, there are always more people getting older and wiser, and they will carry on the work!! "  In addition,  we are now noticing a turn around- according to our network news there are now many young people who are coming 'on board the organic-bio-dynamic agriculture ark' worldwide, and this is true also for our micro-farmers in Cape Town. Please look out in October for our next newsletter # 38 which will feature some up and coming young farmers.  

Lastly and not leastly - thank you again and again,  to all,  for being such good "Friends of Abalimi" and putting your money on the line for our seminal work - kindling a new movement for family micro-farming among the poor which has the capacity to 'save the world'. Really. 

All the very best to one and all.



Hello everyone! 

I am absolutely blown away by the constant stream of generous donations so many of you are giving. Thank you so very much for being there, for being so kind and for standing firmly with us!

 I dont have any new articles or video links to post at the moment, but if you have not seen them, please do scroll back through the reports and look at the recent videos and articles that I have posted over the last 12 months or so. They are all 100% current, since in the world of human development, and also among the poor, the reality is that change usually happens in leaps,  with long periods of build-up in between. 

Please do come visit and see first hand when in Cape Town! I personally conduct a Tuesday tour 9am-12pm every week except for public holidays and for three weeks over the Christmas period.  Invite below.

We are right now preparing a Friends newsletter (# 38) which will cover 12 months, and this could be ready as early as September! There are a couple of other articles and films which will also be copied to us- we have a lot of people wanting to promote our very successful and sustainable micro-farming model,  and help it spread far and wide!! 

All the very best


Invite to a tour for Friends of Abalimi : Tours go out every Tuesday , usually from 9am-12pm, except for public holidays,  VERY heavy weather, taxi riots and popular uprisings :-)  , 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.  We combine cars as much as possible and go in convoy- there is secure parking for surplus cars.  We visit a community garden in Gugulethu, then the Abalimi -Harvest of Hope office & pack shed in Phillipi and finish up at the “place where all our work begins” - at the Abalimi People’s Garden Centre,  in Nyanga.  It is also possible for people coming from Stellenbosch side to start at 10:30am at the Abalimi pack shed (map available) and finish by 1pm after visiting the Peoples Garden Centre and the community garden .


To get an idea of what you will see:


1.  view a CNN clip about Abalimi ‘s work, as explained by our farmer leader Christina Kaba – its lovely!! 


2.  check out a more detailed video made by American volunteer Matt Miller and his good friend Travis Blue on  - Matt and Travis are professional photographers and IT-media folks, who came specially to make the video and give it to Abalimi as a gift !   Amazing.


And read article/s & or newsletter/s on our websites listed below to get an idea of who we are and what you will see.


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


The tour is “no frills”.  Please bring own snacks and refreshments,  and make sure to bring hats and 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



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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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