Hello dear GlobalGiving Friends- please take a peek at the two links below for a couple of nice recent articles on our work!
All is going well- we are launching a young farmer training program this year, I will let you know more once its up and running.
Our next Abalimi Friends newsletter is under preparation, so expect to see it in my next report !
The two article links below are among many others that I am told have been written- we are getting so many visitors these days that its impossible to keep up with all that is being documented :)
Not a bad position to be in, but it does put a lot of pressure on us to service visitors, instead of our farmers. Of course our farmers come first ! That is why our farmers register has grown in the last 8 months from 3000 to nearly 4000 !
Our kind of work can only become more relevant- it is not a fashion, but a necessity, for true cultural renewal, through re-connection to soil and therefore soul. Most of our modern soil scientists have long forgotten that soil is not just a pile of chemical reactions- it is a truly living organ of the earth, its very 'brain' which conveys the thought-life forms of nature. Hydroponics cannot do without it either, since they "mine" it for source material and they will not, ever, be able to do without real, good, soil for the source of all complex life material and "ideas" needed for growing crops hydroponically. Nor will Monsanto ever be able to do without "heritage seed" as source material for their plans of world food conquest.
Please, if you have a salary, don't grow your own vegetables- rather buy from locals who earn a living from growing healthy food. In this way your money can completely change - forthe better- the way food systems work- and these systems are the very foundation of our culture ! All the very best. Rob- micro-farmer at the foot of Africa