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Helen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 December 2010)
Empowering people with a little piece of land, water and skills to grow, is thee most fundamentally crucial things we can do. There is no need for hunger or pesticide use and micro farming should be encouraged on a massive scale as it is thee answer to so many of todays problems and self esteem issues!
Mark in Mpumalanga

(07 December 2010)
Micro farming has the capacity to create real resilience in our communities, It should be supported with research, infrastructure and training by government and NGOs.
Tamar in Mpumalanga

(07 December 2010)
Micro-farming is the sustaianable way to support basic nutritional needs in a safe, controlled way for all communities and should be supported in every province of South Africa.

Justine in Unknown

(07 December 2010)
I am not giving an area as this is "fear" based, for what my comment is about to say:

Food security is not and never will be a priority for government. They (governments and "people in power") don't want to support food security at all. Globally these "hierarchy" people are making sure that food gets dumped in oceans without it being public knowledge. The greater scheme of things, is they want the poor and people of colour to die off, as they want more and more to themselves. I have read David Icke's book titled: " . . and the Truth Shall Set you Free". My eyes have been wide opened by this book and now understand why there are filthy rich and dirt poor people and why governments and world leaders are using smoke screens to make themselves look good or to avoid the real hard worldy issues.

I am most supportive of Micro Farming and governments should pull their fingers out of their noses and start supporting where it counts, AFRICA AND IT'S people!!! Regardless of racial background, regardless of what they earn and regardless of the honest living they make for themselves. If they did this, less crime would happen, as generally, theft is also related to those who are desperate for food, not just for drugs!!!!!!!!

WAKE UP GOVERNMENT!!!!!!
Keryn in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(07 December 2010)
Hi Rob.........great work. I'm so impressed.
Keryn.
P.S. Remember me?
Clare in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 December 2010)
I fully support the movement to empower people to grow their own healthy organic food and create jobs and income using easily accessible resources. The process of growing one's own food is a wonderful way to create a sense of caring and dignity in people and also feeds the soul.
Francisco in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(07 December 2010)
"The productive potential of intensive gardening, especially under emergency conditions, should not be underestimated. A team of researchers at pioneering organic-gardening group Ecology Action found, on the basis of extensive tests, that itís possible to feed one person year round on a spare but adequate vegetarian diet off less than 1000 square feet (approx. 100 square metres) of intensively gardened soil." John Michael Greer
Lesley in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(07 December 2010)
We have to get our kids to eat HEALTHY!
Lynne in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(07 December 2010)
If everyone could do a bit of subsistence farming SA's food problems would be solved.
Carol in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 December 2010)
By empowering the community to feed themselves you empower all.
Angela in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(07 December 2010)
I am in full support of micro-farming. The biggest threat to our future health in my opinion, is GM foods (Monsanto).
South Africa is a major player in the production of genetically modified foods. They are NOT labelled and this is just the beginning of one of the most frightening chapters in our future.
Let us change that and support F & G Trust to produce fresh food in order to live healthy lives.
Belinda in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 December 2010)
This will give people power over their own lives and alleviate the hopelessness that destroys.
Barbara in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(07 December 2010)
It is essential for all South African's and actually all citizens of the world's survival to move away from large scale, industrial farming and towards the type of farming that nourishes people and the land. I see that Jacob Zuma is in Cuba. I hope he is learning about Cuba's transition into a low oil economy. (see the brilliant film - how Cuba survived the oil crisis).

Make a stand for Africa. Let SA SHINE!!
Melinda in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 December 2010)
The way to food security for all the peoples of the world, is micro-farming.
As Peak Oil become a greater reality, the cost of food will sky rocket, and our current way of life will become unsustainable.
Growing Organic locally, means that everyone has access to the healthy fruit and vegetables they need, in a way that is environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Will in Western Cape (All Areas)

(07 December 2010)
Hunger should not exist. The fact that it does is possible greatest evil spawned by capatalism. There is enough food, but very little access to it, if you are unable to barter with monetary currency. Food security, for all, is possible. Now is the time
JOHN in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(07 December 2010)
All schools to have food gardens.
Streets to be planted with fruit and nut trees.
Parks to be medicinal gardens
the wild to stay wild.
Developers to create food gardens and line streets as above in all new developement
Jo in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(07 December 2010)
Africa is slowly becoming dependant on food aid. Don't let South Africa join the queue.
Anton in Western Cape (All Areas)

(06 December 2010)
Administration, planning and distribution are too time consuming for a small scale farmer. It would help if a there were one "Administrative" food garden well equipped with vehicles, nursery office and gardens for every ten startup gardens in the area. The Admin farm would have the task of developing its own gardens and systems. Also to do the same for startup gardens in its area.
Rah in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Please support families to feed and empower themslves!
Daniel in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Small scale mixed farming is the only way to empower people to provide the most important need of clean organic food, connection, and food for the greater community.

Large scale monoculture farming simply is not ecologically or socially sustainable
Charles in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
This will be the best way of putting money back into our pockets and create more Social entrepreneurial opportunities by means of community based enterprises. I believe that this is the best way of achieving sustainable living practices.
Alex in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
The technologies and knowledge exist today to solve social, economic and environmental issues through sustainable local food production. The only people who benefit from the current system of industrial agriculture are the petro-chemical and farm machinery companies and their cronies. While the problems of society get ever more complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.
Mabule in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
Expertise and resources within relevant government departments can translate into good value for money, if they are used to support initiatves that are already on the ground and inspire new ones instead of undermining them by duplicating the effort with new - similar - government initiated developments, that often encourge the use of capital intensive synthetic chemicals with inadequate training, handling, storage and disposal methods.
Karolien in Western Cape - Overberg

(06 December 2010)
Micro gardening will enable self sustainable lifestyles to emerge from within the nucleus of a community . It will empower and unite people in a common goal of survival. It will enhance self worth and the feeling of independance.Organic gardening will bring back vitality to our food and to our bodies.It is absolutely necessary to reenergize the relationship between man and the plant kingdom, a synergy that depicts the survival of man on this planet.Nature will always take care of herself and if we respect the role that we play on this earth we may just be able to save the human race. Micro gardening is the beginning of our survival.
Thulani in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
It is time for the government to allow us the means and capacities to be self-reliant. Too many of us have the will to make this happen but policies in place always deny us of either the time or resources to make this a reality. And this organic food will not be expensive as is the trend today!
Jenni in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Food is life, and the production and consumption of food lies at the centre of our society. Let's focus on food systems which not only feed our bodies but nourish the development of positive social values and of greater human possibilities.
Annica in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
We need to empower people to take care of themselves. This is the way. Please do the right thing by prioritising micro farming. It is a small step that will have a vastly beneficial ripple effect on all of South Africa.
Glen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Viva F & G Viva! The model is working already. Let the 3000 become 30 000 become 300 000 become 3million and beyond. Govt please put your money behind successes like Abalimi and Harvest of Hope.
Angus in Western Cape (All Areas)

(06 December 2010)
first you will create jobs, second people will eat healthier food and be less of a burden on the state health department, third our food price inflation is way too high and by empowering people to grow their own food they are cushioned from the impact of this.
Lillian in International

(06 December 2010)
It is imperative that we put power in the hands of the powerless, so they can feed themselves!
Zelda in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
Micro Farming is not only a way to satisfy the immediate need for food for a family, but can also be turned into a viable form of income thereby alleviating the poverty that abounds in this country!
Jennifer in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
This is a brilliant initiative - to those in Government - help your people!
Candice-Lee in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
We need to support this great initiative.
Niel in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Since contracting cancer 4 years ago, I have spent 4 years researching the best options for my future. Everything points towards having a good immune system. A major contributing factor - fresh vegetables straight out of the garden. I have absolutely no doubt that this is a big part of the answer to a healthy population.
Patricia in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Micro-farming is health and happiness: It is wealth and Contentment; it is self-suffiecency and generosity (sharing) It is understanding nature which breeds sensitivity as humans, custodians of the earth!
Gray in International

(06 December 2010)
Grow for life and environment
Basil in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(06 December 2010)
I have a smallholding and can also start a micro-farm, thereby producing fresh food, but I do not have the funding and know-how to start it.
Heather in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
An excellent work. if it can continue across the rural areas of the country it can help people to provide work and keep families together and prevent the spread of squatting and unhealthy large townships.
Patricia in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
we need to start actioning sustainable farming from this level now
Mauritz in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(06 December 2010)
South Africa has so much land and such great weather. Even a very small parcel of 100m2, only 10 by 10 metres, is enough to feed a family of 5 year round with vegetables. The skills of micro-farming are so easy to teach and doing it requires almost no capital at all.
Darren in International

(06 December 2010)
Locally produced, fresh,
preferably organic food
is the wave of the future, and the only true answer to food
"inequality" and insecurity.
Tanya in International

(06 December 2010)
I hope to see tangible steps taken that show that the South African
government is fully committed to supporting the clear benefits derived from micro-farming.
Christine in International

(06 December 2010)
Micro-farming is an endeavour that must be fully implemented...

I ardently urge the government to support what clearly must be made
a priority for the benefit of your nation.
Celeste in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
This is such a important aspect of our future, how can we not survive the way we are at present! It is not working so we need to go back to the way we have been doing it for 100 's of years!
Rukshana in International

(06 December 2010)
Studies and real examples from around the world show that small scale bio-diverse agriculture and NOT the mega monocultures with high inputs controlled by corporate agri-business, are what develop true food independence and security.

Around the world people are challenging the models of industrial agriculture and seed monopolies.

If the South African government truly cares about its people, it will do the right thing
and support REAL farming
that puts local needs,
sustainability and ultimately the health of
its people first.
Mark in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
everyone must please support this initiative
Judith in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
It is a no brainer that if we want to ensure food security then micro farmers both inrural and peri urban areas need to be supported
maurice in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
Very good initiative to relieve starvation (and crime!) as long as these people are not"oriented" by any political leaders or any administration.Under good guidance by specialists, they should produce (and sell?) as per their needs.
Astrid in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Micro farming can truly empower the people.Food security is the most basic and important requirement in any community. Teach people to become self sufficient and South Africa will be well on the way to becoming a better place for all.
Hardy in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
To grow your own is to have control over your destiny and future,it lessens your dependance on the institution,and give you hope and health
Rika in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
We support microfarming. It allows the small farmer to earn a sustainable livelyhood.
Adrienne in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Self help and sustainablitily are a must if we are to feed so many.
Lynn in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
This is such an important initiative - people feeding themselves healthily is the only way to go. And the fact that it's organic is even better.
Darryn in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Micro farming can address so many of our countries issues:

1.Redistribution of wealth
2.Create a healthy nation
3.Preserve our soil quality
4.Enhance food security
5.Lend a hand in protecting our water resources through less consumption and less petrochemical fertilizers polluting the river network

I think the benefits are clear to make an "EDUCATED" decision.
Esme in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Well done Farm & Garden Trust! You have my full support. May this project continue to grow in great strength.
Nicky in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
This is a practical, logical way to keep South Africans nourished and to give them a sense of self worth. This has positive ramifications through all of South African society. I support this movement whole hartedly!
Minet in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(06 December 2010)
we need to increase bio-diversity. mono-crops of large areas of land are not on anymore.
Maria in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
We need to change the mindset of getting food to producing our own food. I would like to have a small patch where i can grow my own veggies.
Sam in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Food security is inextricably linked to social security. If people have food, then South Africa will become a more stable society.
Frank in Gauteng - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
Empowering people to support and look after themselves promotes independance and self worth and sets them free from bureaucratic dependence.
Analeigh in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
The time to act is NOW! This must be addressed once and for all. We are tired of those in government dragging their heels. We see the Light and are creating our own destiny. Why don't our government officials - the ones we've placed in office to address community developmental needs - come back to plough the land from where they came?
Anthea in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Bless all the beloved farmers may they gain the freedom that comes from growing their own food, and learn to give thanks and love to the Elemental Beings and nature spirits as without their co-operation there would be no food! thank you to Rob and all the people involved in this wonderful campaign. Anthea
Yvonne in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Peoples' lives and livelihood depend on micro-farming. Do the wise thing.
Sonke in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
I do have my reservations though concerning any funds going into Africa. Like a big swamp it just seems to swallow all up and just two years down the line funded machines are trashed, funded water systems are not maintained and are leaking everywhere or not working and thousands of new houses given away by government each week look just few years later like townships. I would wish for training compains in how to keep and appreciated the things that you have instead continously creating a society that stands around with open hands.
Rory in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
As a culture we seem to have completely lost sight of the fact that we are totally dependent on Nature for our very existence. Micro-farming is, I think, one of the best ways to bring people back in touch with their foundation in nature.
Jodi in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
local small scale farming is essential for food security and a sustainable future
Alastair in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Food gardening by the people who eat it is the most sustainable way to feed humanity and one we should be striving to achieve as a priority!
Annette in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
our Comments Here
I whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments expressed by F&G Trust, that starvation is avoidable if everyone is given a bit of land, some seed & water and the skills to grow their food!!!
Monica in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(06 December 2010)
Food grown locally is a huge part of the solution. THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL.
Marylou in Western Cape - Knysna

(06 December 2010)
we shouldnt have to rely on shops for things we can grow ourselves, easily. Having enough healthy food to eat should not rely on our bank balances. Small scale farming is the answer to ALL our problems.
Melanie in Gauteng - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
JUST DO IT! For the good of all.
Melanie in Gauteng - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
JUST DO IT! For the good of all.
Melanie in Gauteng - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
JUST DO IT! For the good of all.
Ailsa in Western Cape (All Areas)

(06 December 2010)
A vegetable garden project in our community of Prince Albert is starting to make a difference to perceptions about growing our own food and the possibility of generating some income. Sales of veggies take place from wheelbarrows trundled through the village. We need more projects like this around the country.
Theresa [DUPLICATE] in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Micro-farms are an important source of food for households headed by children and youth.
Gillian in Western Cape (All Areas)

(06 December 2010)
It is more important to support farming at micro-level instead of huge commercial farms which don't benefit a whole community but bigger corporate interests only. People quite simiply need food to survive and growing one's own food should be encouraged and assisted.
Tania in Western Cape (All Areas)

(06 December 2010)
Teach a man to fish...
Nikki in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
Empower communities to help themselves.
Karen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
we in south africa caN NOT IGNORE opportunity to create job. micro-farming creates jobs.
the nutritious benefit is welcome.
Judith in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
Micro farming has the potential to enable communities to become sustainable
JAN in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
Small is possible and very desirable when we talk development of people at the bottom of the yramid, when we talk climate change, when we talk environment conservation, when we talk new world order....... do you need more reasons?

WEWN WE TALK ERADICATION OF POVERTY!
Perry in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
If food security really is a concern for government, then micro-farming needs their full and formal support
SUZANNE in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
To grow your own food empowers your family and educates your children. Above all makes you self sufficient in these difficult economic times
RUAN in Western Cape (All Areas)

(06 December 2010)
Give a man veggies he will have food for a day. Teach a man to grow veggies and he will have food for a lifetime!
Alosha in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
I agree 100% , We need land in order to be truly green and sustainable . without land for each family this country will go nowhere.
Diana in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
There are great benefits in working with soil and growing edible plants - not simply the nutritional value of fresh produce, but the benefit of the physical exercise, working together in a community, older people teaching children to love plants and nature, etc.
Silungile in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
Organic Farming & Gardening is Sustainable livity at it's best. Let's feed the nation wholesome goodness!
Andries in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
Meaningful government support for micro-farmers is an essential part of a strategy for poverty reduction and food security. Please acknowledge the vital role Abelimi and organizations like them are playing and work with them in scaling up a viable model for microfarmer support.
Cedric in International

(06 December 2010)
Very important I think.
JULIE in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
Grass roots activities saw the end of abominable apartheid. The same kind of action is needed if SA is to move on from agricultural apartheid. Macro-agricultural policies support the status quo and do not empower the poor to feed themselves and their families. Micro-farming initiatives are an entirely sustainable way of ensuring that communities cover their own food needs and have produce to sell so that they can uplift themselves. Food security is critical, teaching community members to sustain themselves increases their sense of self worth, improves their skills set and allows them to give back to their peers and the country as a whole. Viva micro-farming!
Petro in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach him to fish, you feed him for life.
Anand in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(06 December 2010)
Organic gardens are the way to go. Encourage schools to do more by growing their own veggies. Kids need to know the value of the lands just like we did when we were little. This will encourage the kids to do more `farming' in their communities as well as beyond their schooling lives!
Sandy in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
micro-farming is essential to alleviate poverty and malnutrition as well. large scale farming has cause unprecdented environmental damage. change this now.
Zelka in International

(06 December 2010)
Our farming family urges you to help stop starvation in this way and support the micro farming plan in action!

thanks- from New Zealand

Mr. & Mrs. Z Grammer
Nikki in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(06 December 2010)
good food locally grown should be within reach of everyone. in such an abundant climate is is not even that hard. we have seen what a little help and encouragement and learning to make compost can achieve - support those organissations who are already doing the work. No need to reinvent the wheel.
Karen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
surely we want to encourage all people to grow their own food
Anthony in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
surely we want to encourage all people to grow their own food
Fiona in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(06 December 2010)
It is vital to give people the opportunity to feed themselves and support their families. It is not just good for their tummies , but their self worth too.
Rod in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(05 December 2010)
No nuclear expenses, rather invest in micro-farming and keep our money in South Africa.
Christiane in Western Cape (All Areas)

(05 December 2010)
Soon we are going to experience food shortages, because productivity of farms has declined over the last years due to land redistribution and lack of skills. It will be very important to encourage EVERY PERSON to start grow own vegetables because the prices are going to soar up, and low income workers will suffer even more...