Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

by Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home
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 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!!

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/29/community.farming.cape.town/index.html 

 

Also check out  a video recently completed by an American volunteer- Matt Miller , and his good friend Travis Blue on http://vimeo.com/19360310  - 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.

All the best and  Viva to community micro-farming  !

 

Rob

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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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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

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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Dear Friends of Abalimi via Global Giving,

this is just to say a HUGE and earnest thank you to all who have donated over the past months .

There is nothing more fertile than a gift well given, except perhaps the gift we get from good healthy farmyard manure !!! :)

And your gifts are truly living rain to our work among the poor in Cape Town.

The micro-farmers are very busy planting the new season's crops and the gardens are looking beautiful and abundant- beacons of hope and joy in a sea of poverty and desperation for formal jobs which do not come. Unemployment in Cape Town is growing - the gap between rich and poor is so wide we get culture shock daily !! Unemployment stands officially at around 30% with more formal jobs being lost daily, even while the very healthy GDP of the formal SA economy earns good profits for the few.

Since we won our Impumelelo Gold Award (see previous report) , we have had at least 10 other agencies countrywide ask if they can come to study our model, with more making queries all the time.

So please do continue to assist us to keep our model thriving and growing so that it can be copied everywhere.

We believe that we are the first in South Africa and possibly in the whole of Africa to prove empirically that fresh food hunger and cash starvation in urban centers is entirely avoidable, even in the worst situations. Hundreds and thousands of uneducated, unemployable people - with your help - are right now setting up and running their micro-farms on very very tiny plots, on wasteland, at home and in community gardens, sustain-ably and cheaply. And these tiny micro-farms , built on any bit of wasteland, are also creating hundreds of genuine permanent self-help jobs among the unemployable for the first time in South Africa !!

Remember that there is no farmer in the world- especially big farmers - who can survive without a minimum of permanent subsidized support. And this goes also for family micro-farmers among the poor, who need so little -only ZAR 100 per month or USD 13 per month - to provide the essential services which they cannot afford.

So thank you one and all, all and one, for your kind and excellent support.

I look forward to posting more reports in future and wish you all the very best !!

Rob Small

P.S. dont forget to come visit on a Tuesday morning 9am-12pm, every Tuesday, if you are in Cape Town. Tuesday is market day and visitors day combined!!

 

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Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

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

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