Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

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Rob in micro-farm at home
Rob in micro-farm at home

Dear Global Giving Friends,

This is just to say a BIG thank you, again,  to all of you who have donated till now, those who donate regularly,  or who have recently donated since I posted the last report.

If you have not already done so please do check out the video's I posted in my last report- they are really current and tell our whole story beautifully.

Please also come visit on a Tuesday morning 9am-12pm when in Cape Town. Thats when I do the Friends no-frills fact finding tour. Let me know if you are coming!!

Please also make sure to join your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme wherever you live, and create a the future - local and sustainable food economies ! If there is no CSA in your area, create one! I can link you to people and info that could help you do this. 

All the best

Rob Small

micro-farmer: activist for the peaceful local organic green revolution among rich and poor alike

 Dear Friends one and all,

here is a link to a CNN clip about Abalimi ‘s work, as explained by our farmer leader Christina Kaba – its lovely!! 


Also check out  a video recently completed by an 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. 


All the best and  Viva to community micro-farming  !




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!



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


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   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



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Project Leader

Rob Small

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

Where is this project located?

Map of Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening