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leon sijekula in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(24 February 2017)
giving people land and implements to feed themselves and generate income in the process is the way to go helping them eat in a way that help them reduce carbon foot print and building healthy lifestyles is best viva
Jasper in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(29 August 2016)
Joburg has such incredible green space with its parks and green corridors. If we farm this using sustainable permaculture principles then we can feed the whole city.
Jasmine in Western Cape (All Areas)

(25 July 2016)
I have become more and more aware of the impact of food and agriculture on our lives. After becoming vegan a few years ago I began to do more research on the impact of local grow food vs imported, diet, sustainability etc. What has become very important for me is the empowerment of people in all communities and the benefits of people growing their own food and growing within ones community. Fresh fruit and vegetables are and essential part of a healthy lifestyle and if people are able to cultivate their own produce there will be a great reduction in the need for medical care related to poor diet as well as alleviation of starvation. The knowledge few have of growing ones own food are essential to a sustainable future.
Junya in

(18 October 2015) donbale ye fitler shekane khoob baraye macbookam hastam ke betunam itunes va apple store ro baz konam.mitunin dar in zamine behem komak konin?dar zemn ye solae dgam dashtam,age credit cardi ke bahash accountamo sakhtam batel beshe yani hesabesh az beyn bere,accountamam az beyn mire?
Oginga in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(15 September 2015)
There are many Homeland house holds with plenty of land available for farming. We need support to rehabilitate the land to make it productive in a self sustaining way.

Siwundla family.

Joanna in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(03 January 2015)
Please support home farmers so they can become more self sufficient, less dependent on Grants. Better to spend tax money on training them to grow food, than keeping them dependent.
Patrick in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(10 December 2014)
Learning about farming is as important as equitable land redistribution and for those in urbanised conditions micro-farming should be a mandatory skill for all.
Rebecca in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 December 2014)
Micro farming increases food security for people who are vulnerable through unemployment and rapid urbanisation. Micro farming supports family health and independence and empowerment and should be a priority in agricultural policy.
Glen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 December 2014)
Good for people, good for out country and good for the planet? It is a great idea!
Germaine in Western Cape (All Areas)

(26 November 2014)
Real food is important to everyone and is a fundamental human right. Micro farming should be common place in our communities as it will provide an essential boost to local economies and help to eradicate food insecurity as well as avoidable social issues
michael thomas in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(15 July 2014)
we are a small ngo non-profit,we have a small land for micro farming ,we require information on farming,training and material tools,help.
Ariane in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2014)
This project is one example of a job-creation scheme which has low cost and high benefits for all involved. It teaches life skills and values which are sorely needed in poor communities, and it does this by raising the self-esteem of people as they see their work valued and make a positive change around them.
Joanna in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(27 December 2013)
To: Premier Hon. H. Zille, Hon. Mayor and Hon. Ministers.

We have been helping people in townships for over 2 years. They constantly ask for money and become increasingly dependent. So hand-outs DO NOT help them. Micro-farming will! It is one way to empower them to become self sufficient. Besides food, Micro farming can provide occupation, pride and self respect; and perhaps reduce drug and alcohol dependence. Please support microfarming in any way you can.
Thank you!

Joanna Freedendal
Cecile in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(16 December 2013)
Small scale farming and family farming especially should be a priority for South Africa. Not only is it important in terms of food security, it is vital to ensure the proper access to nutritious food/and additional income for many poor families.
Janice in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(15 December 2013)
What is more important than food and helping people to become self-sufficient through micro-farming.
Christoph in International

(13 December 2013)
Fresh food for everyone - worldwide!
Jenny in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
Pockets of urban land must be released for urban vegetable farming to create local food security.
Ezio in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(12 December 2013)
Permaculture should be the design system of choice for the establishment of sustainable micro-farms.
Simon in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
Even JZ has a micro farm at Nkandla! This is the way to food liberation! Come on!
Leslie in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
If anything needs to be "redistributed", it is the government or private land that stands empty and un-utilised in our poorer communities. The owners should at least be charge with a responsibility to become custodians and supporters of the conversion of that land into sustainable and even beautification projects.
Susan in Western Cape - Overberg

(12 December 2013)
Micro-farming is the answer for thousands of families who do not have a daily source of healthy food, and could afford meaningful employment for those seeking jobs
Sarah in International

(12 December 2013)
family farming offers a sustainable future, including employment and the promotion of health and is vital to our future
Marilize in Western Cape (All Areas)

(12 December 2013)
Please help achieve the objective of home-grown vegetables to improve health and prosperity. No family should be without the tools and know-how of such a worthy cause.
Mary in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
Family farming brings meaning and purpose to the thousands of households who have lost hope that their lives can ever change. And it challenges the corporate stranglehold on the food chain.
Robert in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
South Africa is in a crisis situation which needs to be addressed by giving dignity to ordinary people. Feeding yourself and starting to develop your own small business is a best way to grow the economy from the grassroots up.
Sally in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
Local, small-scale, healthy food production is one of the most important and empowering things we should be promoting. Please make this a priority now!
Catherine in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 December 2013)
Food security that is sustainable should be a priority of the South AFrican government! And this is an easy, environmentally friendly way to do it!
Madron in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(20 October 2013)
Almost every day in Simonstown I meet residents of Red Hill informal settlement who are desperate for work and/or food. Micro-farming would be a GREAT value-add to their lives. They have to walk 5Km just to get to transport to look for a job or food - and back again afterwards!!
Willy in

(22 September 2013) donbale ye filetr shekane khoob baraye macbookam hastam ke betunam itunes va apple store ro baz konam.mitunin dar in zamine behem komak konin?dar zemn ye solae dgam dashtam,age credit cardi ke bahash accountamo sakhtam batel beshe yani hesabesh az beyn bere,accountamam az beyn mire?
Monique in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(02 April 2013)
The Government is far off from meeting their land reform targets. Land and agrarian reform go hand in hand. As alliance of NGOs in South Africa - Tshintsha Amakhaya - we urge the Government to make good on their promise and actively support and promote micro/family/smallholder farming for food sovereignty.
Rachel in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(17 February 2013)
great work being done, keep it up, keep it going.
spammer in Unknown

(28 October 2012)
Ek is oortuig dis die pad vorentoe!
Elisa in Western Cape (All Areas)

(17 October 2012)
Micro-farming is an excellent way to provide food security; it's environmentally friendly, and focuses on the production of plant-based foods, which feed people more efficiently and more ethically than farming using toxic chemicals or intensive animal farms, which are both cruel and unhealthy.
Janine in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(16 October 2012)
grow a garden grow a soul
Aline in International

(14 October 2012)
I fully support this campaign. It will keep people busy and avoids hunger, mal nutrition and even criminality because it creates jobs.
Anneke in International

(13 October 2012)
Micro-farming has proven its success in one of the most harsh agricultural environments of South Africa: the sandy soils of the Cape Flats. If it can work here, it can work anywhere!

Policy support is essential to expand the benefits of micro-farming to many more South Africans.

Dr. Anneke Fermont
Eleanora in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(11 October 2012)
Fresh vegetables are the basis for good health and self-sufficiency.
Geoffrey in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(11 October 2012)
ILONA in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(11 October 2012)
i wish i could grow vegetables too. Well done to all the micro famers.
Ineke in Western Cape - Overberg

(11 October 2012)
The future of farming is in every community in this country. Microfarming creates worthy fulfilling livelihoods,a healthy population and helps towards achieving the vision of an integrated transformed society. All this at a fraction of the cost of other job creation, and less need for social grants. Also, no more dependency on large distribution systems for fresh produce. Please come and see for yourself how it works on the Cape Flats.
Mikal in North West

(10 October 2012)
The future of each person is directly linked to the quality of food we all consume.
Barbara in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(10 October 2012)
Start looking at your people and what they can do which will benefit everyone. Unemployment is causing major crime in our beatiful country! this is a good way or correcting that!
MacDonald in Limpopo

(10 October 2012)
What is lacking is an actual strategy to implement solutions!
Ewald in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(10 October 2012)
Processed foods are cheap and do little to build and enhance immune systems. Home food gardens create jobs, provide nutritious fresh healthy food and herbs and medicinal plants add to the well being of all.
Don in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
This is a way to help Save the People, by the People, for the People.
Anne in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
Do something real to address food security and stewardship of the land; these are what matter.
Ariane in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
Buying from micro-farmers is keeping with the principle of subsidiarity, that is: use the smallest unit of production available for a more equitable society.
Alex in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
Please help the People of South Africa regain control of their lives and dignity by supporting local farmers. We all have a right to healthy food.
Laura in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
Russia has solved their starvation problem through family farming. They have given families 2.2 acres or 6.2 acres, tax free. These farms provide produce for the whole country of over 100 million people. They have only 110 days in the year for farming and, despite this, have solved the country's starvation issues. We can do that too with the help of the government.
Peter in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
As responsible Christians we are command by God to be caretakers of the earth in everything we do. This is why I adore your vision of looking after the poor in this manner. You have my full support.

Pastor Peter
Jon in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
The rich will drive the final nails into the coffin of Mother Earth.
Diana in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 October 2012)
It's a great way to uplift people and communities, a simple, possible way to rise above the cycle of poverty and hunger
M in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(09 October 2012)
Thanks for this

I note it is very hard to find organic food in SA.

And can we at least have GMO foods marked so we have a choice..
georgina in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(29 May 2012)
none right now. i need to get more informaiton first.
Briar in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(01 April 2012)
I appeal to the government to set up a strategy to implement organic Family Farming in consultation with experienced role palyers.
Eloi in International

(16 January 2012)
Micro-farming is an real innovative way to fight poverty and hunger. I am impressed by the creative and effective work of South Africa facing these universal problems, that we might have to face in Europe in short time.
Bernelle in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(16 January 2012)
I'm interested in how we can make it easier to achieve micro-gardens without subsidies, I believe it is possible. In my research I am combining chemical engineering thinking with the food garden movement. I also want to create dialogue in an easy way through a twitter and facebook type development currenlty in development - #ifigrowza (If I grow SA). I believe we can achieve this even if government does not come on board.
Peter in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(15 January 2012)
Regrets Rob but in a useless way I did not properly hear this message from your original post. You are my hero. Dont get despondent ol'pal. Peter Meakin
Dylan in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 January 2012)
I fully agree- I am a masters landscape architecture student at UCT and believe that agriculture should form part of design in most, if not all design projects if at all possible.
Caryn in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(10 January 2012)
It is such a simple solution for a devastating problem. Logic should prevail.
Sakhiwo Toto in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(10 January 2012)
this campaign is a reflection of how local communityities should be encouraged to take responsibility for their livelihood. they have the inherent capacity to address poverty within their immediate families & communities, all they need is the necessary support to exersise this right. Government must go beyond policy formulation & start supporting existing initiatives.
Gert in

(09 January 2012)
Son of a gun, this is so hlefpul!
marion in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 January 2012)
We must support the micro-farming movement -if we are to avoid starvation. It is a national disgrace that in 2011 children were still dying from hunger in veld - when all it needs is a bit of land, some seeds, some water and a bit of know-how.
Francois in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 January 2012)
family farming on small plots can contribute to poverty alleviation!
George in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 January 2012)
South Africa is one of the driest 30 nations on Earth - average >500mm rain per annum; world average is 800mm. Forecasts that with current warming trends, the average will drop 40% by 2050 - i.e. >300mm rain per annum.

Then, the awful legacy (and continuing) of mining (gold & coal) and industrial(Sasol, Eskom, etc) has impacted most seriously in polluting this declining resourse.

So, with an increasing population, less potable water and escalating transport and food prices, the future looks bleak for about 90% of our population.

Many, but certainly not enough of the other 10%,
are becoming aware. But, possibly 90% of the 10% - many politicians, some corporates, educators, to name a few - are not readily or effectively addressing the challenges staring the nation in the face.

The F&G Trust is facing this REALITY.
George in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 January 2012)
South Africa is one of the 30 driest countries on Gaia earth - currently a national average of >500mm per annum; world average 800mm. By 2050 the RSA average is expected to drop to >300mm, a 40% decline as trends continue unabated. The awful legacy of mining (gold & coal in particular) is seriously affecting availability of potable water. Rainwater capturing, use of grey water, recycling via wetland processes (natural & man-managed) and conservation of this vital resourse has become an absolute necessity, not a nice-ity. Micro-farming (including urban agriculture)are, possibly the only means of human survival for the majority of our people.

The Farm & Garden Trust initiative adresses REALITY - not the cuckoo dreamworld of maintaining privilege and control, at any cost, of many politicians, corporates and the general unawareness by the 10% economically fortunate.

There is speculation that if things do not change soon, a 2011 type Tunisian or Egytian revolution, will occur in the RSA. The social-media is becoming more powerful than parliament.
Frances in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(05 January 2012)
Its so valuable. People need to plant to feed themselves.
Di in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(05 January 2012)
Micro farming means that people can work and feed themselves and others with dignity and not have to rely on government hand outs.
It's the way to go
Therina in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(05 January 2012)
Very good idea
Emma in International

(04 January 2012)
This project is one of the precious models of what is truly in line with any kind of future on planet earth.
Hettie in International

(04 January 2012)
We need many, many more Abalimis, and nobody will have to go hungry!
Tony in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(04 January 2012)
We can solve all our problems with small gardens. Nutrient rich, locally produced food, heals physically and mentally, producing a better society.
Sue in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2012)
Poor or not poor, growing the family's own organic produce on its doorstep is the way not only to good health, but also supports sustainable living and, with hard work & support can lead to prosperity. I've seen and lived this myself. I wish for every SA family to experience this.
Avril in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2012)
creating community grows psychologically healthy children. Creating community food gardens grows physically healthy children. Whatever we do must be for the children who are our responsibility.
Glenn in Western Cape (All Areas)

(04 January 2012)
If food security programmes, such as those that AB has pioneered, are not prioritised by government, the reality is that hunger will only drive further social instability which will have serious negative consequences on the entire social fabric.
Sam in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2012)
I am 100% in support of micro-farming. It makes such complete sense. We need more farmers - more people who have farming skills. And small-scale sustainable farming is the way of the future. come on already! make food for all a reality. it's entirely possible.
Howard in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2012)
Abalimi is a seminal initiative to bring food production back into the hands of the people, and to ensure a future for wholesome food.
Jonny in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2012)
Food security through micro-farming and greening of residential areas is critical to adaptation to climate change across south africa as well as mitigation by increasing absorption of atmospheric carbon
John in Unknown

(04 January 2012)
Growing one's own food increases a person's dignity and independence. It also fosters community spirit.
Marilyn in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(04 January 2012)
Micro gardening is a way to ensure healthy nutrition and even a livelihood for many, many of South Africa's people! We should be driving this effort with great vigor in every province of our country!
Jantina in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2012)
Micro-farming is an amazing initiative that provides people with the tools to help themselves. In addition, it reduces CO2 production by keeping the centers of production and consumption close together, teaches people valuable skills and ensures a steady supply of healthy vegetables.
ELLEN in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 December 2011)
Sandra in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 December 2011)
Let's use land productively to improve the quality of our lives. In planning townships, always make space for food gardens - make them a way of life. They're about so much more than food, they're about the life of the community and our connection with the earth.
Ineke in Western Cape - Overberg

(22 December 2011)
I urge the South African government to take note of the achievements of Abalimi Bezekhaya, which are phenomenal, study its model and involve the Farm & Garden Trust in setting out a strategy to replicate and support this and other successful micro-farming models.
Rosemary in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 December 2011)
I have seen women and men whose lives have been turned around by micro-farming and the work of Abalimi Bezekhaya: they put nutritious food on their tables; they have self-confidence and hope. This is the way forward for food security.
Mike in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 December 2011)
Read "Small is Beautiful" by EF Schumacher - will change the way you see solutions, work and the world.
Susanne in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 December 2011)
The way to go in order to foster local self-reliance and hands on "sustainable" life choice
Melody in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(01 June 2011)
If everyone grew their own food, no-one need go hungry
Patrick in International

(14 February 2011)
The alotments in the UK are small garden sized plots which are worked by people who enjoy producing their own produce as a hobby. There is usually a long waitng list for alotments and they consequently worked hard intensivly by those who are really keen on what they are doing - producing mainly organic fresh flowers & veg for their families and friends. The quantities they produce out of their small alotments is quite remarkable, and this South African project has every chance of winning in every way. Our set up here in the UK was started during the First world war when food was rationed, and it has gone on to become part of our heritage.
Georgina in Western Cape (All Areas)

(07 February 2011)
We all need to grow our own food - we need organic food, free from chemicals. We need to empower our people.
Kayla in Eastern Cape - Jeffrey's Bay

(27 January 2011)
The more people become self sufficient, the more the stress on government to feed a starving population is reduced. Government will save the national coffers millions of rands if people were not hungry. Teaching people to grow their own food is pracical and simple and can be applied on a grass roots level. Sometimes the simplest answers are the best.
Simone in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(27 January 2011)
We don't need food to be sprayed to death, to travel thousands of kilometers and to be flash frozen. Let's each grow what we can and crop share!

This is an African country full of starving, jobless people...let's at least empoer them to feed themselves and reduce the levels of diabetes, heart disease and malnutrition in SA caused by the over-consumption of cheap nasty food!...

We have the power people!
Laurel in International

(27 January 2011)
This makes very good sense....I am hoping to make some sort of physical contribution to this type of movement in the next couple of years.
Wendy in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(25 January 2011)
People growing some of their own food will help with poverty alleviation in our country, ultimately making the job of government easier. Please support micro-farming plans.
Haidee [DUPLICATE] in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(20 January 2011)
Too much money and policy space is given to agribusiness agendas while real solutions to hunger, poverty and our environmental dilemma, such as microfarming are ignored. Government strategy must shift urgently. Why doesn't the DoA policy on Organic agriculture deal with microfarming?
Jean in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(17 January 2011)
This is GREAT news!!!! If Gov does NOT get this off the ground, then they clearly do not have their voters interests at heart! This is perfect to feed the masses.
Karen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 January 2011)
This is the ultimate sustainability concept!
Candice in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 January 2011)
Viva Microfarming Revolution!

This is a movement which provides solutions to so many issues at once : social, physical, nutritional and environmental well-being. No toxins, near-zero emissions, affordable, empowering - Simple, elegant, effective.

Thank you Abalimi Bezekhaya for bringing hope, beauty and a better life.
Shamim in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(04 January 2011)
From a health point of view, commercial farming uses too many pesticides, leading to air, water and soil pollution and well as contaminating the produce.
From a poverty and unemployment point of view, growing one's own food firstly, lessens your hunger and provides nourishment, places less reliance on external (probably low paid) employment, may reduce crime (i.e. not having to steal food or kill or steal items to sell for food), occupies unemployed adults and youth, teaches a skill and patience, and can become self-sustaining.
Tracey in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(25 December 2010)
Plant a garden and feed yourself and your family for a lifetime!