Be Part of the Micro-farming Movement!
The Farm and Garden National Trust welcomes your support to expand its projects and programmes in order to reach more micro-farmers and gardeners. Abalimi Bezekhaya is the Farm & Garden Trust’s national role model and our priority is to ensure that Abalimi is supported. We’ll also support projects elsewhere in South Africa, funds permitting, and will report back on such projects when they occur.
Here’s how you can be a part of this growing world-wide movement:
Come and see the work we do:
All are welcome to come and see and meet our micro-farmers in action – in the gardens, in their packshed and at the training centre. Contact us if you would like to join a tour of the food gardens.
We welcome volunteers! We especially need agricultural business and soil science experts, IT wizards, marketing and fundraising fundi’s. But anyone is welcome provided you are willing to be dependable and are interested and willing to work in a front line family micro-farming organisation.
We can only accept volunteers who are fully self supporting and able to contribute for a minimum of three months. Various skills and capacities are needed, so please contact us and send us a copy of your CV if you would like to be a volunteer.
Support a Micro-farmer – make a donation:
Donations in South Africa
By making a donation you will help the work of organisations such as Abalimi Bezekhaya and other small scale farmers. The Farm and Garden National Trust was approved as a Public Benefit Organisation in October 2008, so all donations and bequests in South Africa are fully tax deductible in terms of Section 30 and in terms of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act. The Trust is exempt from Donations Tax, Estate Duty, Stamp Duty and SDI Levy.
Contact us or click here for our banking details.
Donation in UK and USA
If you’re an international donor from the UK or USA and would like to receive a tax certificate, please donate to us via our international partner Global Giving. Global Giving is the leading international channel for online internet-based funding and networking.
Global Giving in USA: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/healthy-sustainable-agriculture-livelihoods/
Global Giving in UK: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/56/abalimi-bezekhaya-planters-of-the-home/
This is how your contribution will help:
R50 PER MONTH starts and provides ongoing support to one trainee family micro-farmer on a home plot and to feed his/her whole family with abundant fresh produce, together with on-going access to affordable inputs and services ie: seedlings, composted cow manure, seed, advice and info.
R100 PER MONTH enables ONE family micro-farmer to develop from survival to livelihood level of farming giving him or her a full range of essential and affordable bulk agricultural inputs, training, technical and marketing support services.
R200 PER MONTH enables TWO family micro-farmers to develop from survival to livelihood level of farming giving them a full range of essential and affordable bulk agricultural inputs, training, technical and marketing support services.
R300 PER MONTH enables THREE family micro-farmers to develop from survival to livelihood level of farming giving them a full range of essential and affordable bulk agricultural inputs, training, technical and marketing support services.
CHOOSE A ONCE-OFF OR RECURRING AMOUNT Here are some ideas on what different amounts will contribute :
- Choose your own amount to donate no matter how small – as a once off contribution or on a monthly basis. Every cent makes a difference. For example: just R10 can supply 5kg of composted manure and a dozen veg seedlings to a needy micro-farmer.
- Plant Trees: It costs R150 to plant 1 tree, with training and follow-up, either in a home garden or in a community garden as part of a windbreak.
- Veg Box Sponsor a weekly Harvest of Hope vegetable box at R87 (small) or R121 (medium) per week, to feed the sick and needy.
- R600 gives a 4 day basic Agriculture training course, with notes, and ongoing free advice plus on-site support visits to 1 Micro-farmer.
- R1350 will establish one new township home veg garden or one new community market garden bed, together with training, trees and follow-up.
- R4000 gives a 4 day basic Agriculture training course, on-site follow-up over two seasons, a start-up pack of manure, seedlings, tools, windbreak plants, to one Family Farmer on 100m2 of land – enough to feed a family of 5 with fresh veg all year round.
- R10 000 provides a full package of ongoing support – affordable bulk organic micro-farming inputs (ie. manure and seedlings), indigenous floral, medicinal and edible windbreaks, regular on-site mentorship and support to 5 Micro-farmers for one year.
- R100 000 provides full start-up and follow-up support, including training, fertilizer, seedlings, indigenous medicinal and edible windbreaks and marketing support to 10 established market gardens with 50 farmer members for one year.