As its first order of business, the Farm and Garden National Trust supports and builds Abalimi Bezekhaya as its leading food security model, with the intention to replicate, promote and support this type of activity countrywide in order to develop a thriving national micro-farming movement in South Africa.
Abalimi (“the Planters” in isiXhosa) is an urban agriculture and environmental action association operating in the Cape Town townships of Khayelitsha, Nyanga and in the surrounding areas on the Cape Flats. The non-profit organisation assists individuals, groups and community-based organisations to initiate and maintain permanent organic food growing and nature conservation projects as the basis for sustainable lifestyles, self-help job creation, poverty alleviation and environmental renewal.
Projects include community micro-gardens, resource support, organisation building, project delivery, training, networking and partnerships, research, monitoring and evaluation, and financial and organisational stability.
The Farm and Garden National Trust is assisting Abalimi in building infrastructure, funding, training, networking and promotion.