Biodynamic Activation in the Abalimi Family of Farmers

The farmers of the Abalimi Movement are very busy people. The fact that it was possible to gather together a group of farmers prepared to be part of an hour to stir is no small feat.

Mama Christina Kaba was there too. She asked all kinds of questions relating to how we can further embed this activity. We discussed an appropriate place to store the preps. How to be able to order them and in the future possibly even make some of them!  She and I have an arrangement to make a trip out to BloublommetjiesKloof Farm at an appropriate time – in order for her to make personal acquaintance with the source of the Preps.

Liziwe, one of the Field team was also very enthused by the process.

The receptivity was almost overwhelming.

The group of farmers involved in the stir — effortlessly engaged in the stirring process. In fact I have never been part of a stir quite like this one! The farmers seemed transported to a place within themselves that is full of reverence, joviality and deep conscious understanding. And they immediately accessed this state of being once the water began to be stirred.

During the stir, the conversations were flowing about a variety of Xhosa traditions to do with cows, the cows horns, various parts of the cows body, the power of a lactating cow and more. There was also conversation about various fermenting processes. This was all interspersed with them engaging me about the ways in which Biodynamics works. What was really remarkable was that, not once was there any scepticism, but rather a true open conversation of the various phenomena and practices. (Goethean conversation in action!)

Transferring our precious substance into buckets for application onto the land

Striding out with great will forces and jubilation

The process of applying the Horn Manure was equally taken with sheer conviviality and ceremony by the farmers.

We also inoculated beautifully made compost heaps.

Stirring the Valerian for the compost heaps.

Liziwe (an Abalimi Fieldworker) and Wendy, feeling great after applying BD Horn Manure to the entire SCAGA system.

Looking Forward

Based on the wonderful receptivity of the first Horn Manure Stir and Spray — it seems that Biodynamic practices can find a solid and comfortable home in the Abalimi family of farmers.

By the end of May another 3 garden systems will be involved in a stir and spray of Horn manure.

After this — the same 6 systems will be involved in follow up observations before their next application – which will be in approximately September.

More compost heaps will be inoculated too.

Chris D’Auito a soil scientist currently working with Abalimi was also present at the stir. It is good to have his participation. There may be potential to study the effects of the preparations.

Dave Golding was also able to attend a part of the stir — he commented afterwards to me that he sees now that one of the hidden values of the process, is that it allowed the farmers time together — which they would nt create normally due to their being so busy. Dave noted that he could see just how healthy it was for them to feel a sense of social celebration, relaxation, and doing something that is not of immediate urgency.

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Abalimi & Mount Nelson Article

The Mount Nelson’s Rudi Liebenberg has made hotel dining sexy again with farm-to-fork, Cape-influenced cuisine … and the best breakfast spread in the city. Rudi sources organic vegetables from Abalimi Bezekhaya, a community farming project on the Cape Flats, organic farms in Stellenbosch and, most recently, from the Oranjezicht City Farm on the slopes of Table Mountain. Herbs come from the hotel’s rooftop garden, and he uses only sustainable seafood and free-range meat and eggs. Click on the Cape Etc cover below to get a copy of the story.

The Mount Nelson’s Rudi Liebenberg has made hotel dining sexy again with farm-to-fork, Cape-influenced cuisine ... and the best breakfast spread in the city

 

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Microfarming Campaign update

Dear Micro-farming petitioners, we now have over 800 people signed up!


Please keep spreading the word- remember , 100m2 (the size of a small classroom) feeds a whole family with un-poisoned and abundant fresh produce, year round. 500m2 of waste-land creates one job valued at up to R3000/month after costs.

This is proven, for all to see – just come see it in action in Cape Town. We conduct a free no frills fact finding tour for our friends every Tuesday 9am-12pm. Just let me know you want to come on rob@farmgardentrust.org and I will send you the invite.

So why do so many people, and leaders, continue to say that Industrial Agriculture, GMO’s, chemicals and poisons can feed SA and the world? This is despite the fact that Industrial Agriculture in SA ( and worldwide) is producing less than 50% of our food needs.The answer must be: they either don’t believe it, or they are making too much money by denying it, or they don’t particularly mind one way or another.
If you know anyone who does not believe it, invite them to come and see. Otherwise, maybe you could suggest that they had better invest some of their money into the micro-farming movement, because it may just save them in the future.
NEWSFLASH: see updates about the International Year of Family Farming 2014 – IYFF on www.familyfarmingcampaign.net – spread the word.
PROPOSAL: I would like to raise our target for signatories to this petition, and in support of the IYFF, to at least 20 000 by December 2012. What do you think? If each one of you inspired 5 others to sign up, and those five got another five, we would have over 20 000 ! Sign the petition here.

BECOME a truly sustainable household in Cape Town – buy your weekly vegetables from www.harvestofhope.co.za. Remember, if you have a regular income and can afford to buy your veg, its more powerful and sustainable for our whole community to buy from local farmers whose living depends on it rather than grow your own. Support local ethical business: Natural Ethical Organic Trading is a local distribution company dedicated to supporting locally produced natural and organic products.

Like their facebook page : www.facebook.com/naturalethicalorganic and support Harvest of Hope – which they are featuring!
Click on this link to like NEO’s page : www.facebook.com/naturalethicalorganic and have a look at their website to find out more about them : www.neotrading.co.za
Looking forward to a sustainable, wholesome future where abundant un-poisoned food and jobs, are available to all.
Best regards,
Rob Small – Founder
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