Capacity Building: Urban Farming and Gardening

by Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home
May 18, 2008

February and March news and thanks

Hello again!! Sorry I have taken so long to post another report.

I want to say a big thank you to all those donors who have given over USD700 in March and April. I cant quite believe it and am very grateful indeed for your interest and support. Please remember that if you want to communicate directly with me, all you have to do is say so, by e-mailing directly to me at Please dont forget to state who you are and that you have come via GlobalGiving. I will be delighted to correspond. The GlobalGiving privacy policy quite rightly prevents any project leader communicating directly with you unless you request it.

Its been hectic in ABALIMI lately. Since February 08 we launched our new Harvest of Hope flagship initiative and it is pumping! The community farmers AND the clients are all galvanised by it and we are growing the scheme shortly to supply over 200 organic boxes every week because demand to join (from both sides) is so strong. I attach an updated brochure on Harvest of Hope for your interest.

Of course, everything is about training- for example- each time we contract a new farmer, we are training him/her at the same time about contracting.

So your money is being well spent.

I am also attaching a nice article written on ABALIMI recently by the Organic Gardeners magazine in Australia and New Zealand. Do take a peek, its nicely done and speaks about the social benefits of what we do in ABALIMI, which to my mind are the MOST improtant.

I also want to point out that SEED has gone independent of ABALIMI (which is great- they are getting strong) and now have their own offering in GlobalGiving. I nominated them ! I have yet to update ABALIMI's offering to this effect because it means a complete re-write of the ABALIMI offering which I find daunting. But if you want to support SEED specifically, please do go direct to them, they will love you for it!! Of course, ABALIMI passes their portion of any donations from you on to them in the meantime.

Lastly I want to say a HUGE thank you to the GlobalGiving staff (Siama and Dana in particular) for all their hard work to make such a special interface possible and workable. Its always improving and I know they literally work their hearts out to make it so. They are dedicated and wonderful and helpful people.

So, until next time, I suggest that anyone out there who is not growing some healthy organic vegetables in pots on their windowsill or in soil direct, why dont you get going? You will experience a miracle which will make you strong, alive and best of all really "connected".

Green and growing greetings! Rob Small for ABALIMI

P.S. I have also attached an "Abalimi Overview" which gives another take on our work. May be useful.


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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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