Abalimi Bezekhaya (meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa) is a non-profit urban-farming organization, established in 1982, that supports individuals and groups from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town through providing facilitation and training on organic food production for nutrition, health, food security and income generation.
Funds raised from the 2023 Cableway Charity Challenge will be earmarked to cover the cost of over 200 new farmers basic training. This three-day basic course includes all theoretical and practical aspects from soil preparation and fertility, seedling production, planting, maintenance, pest management and composting. A starter pack is provided to get our farmers going and this, along with ongoing support, provides much needed food security to their families.
Although farmers and potential farmers are required to pay a nominal amount for training to ensure commitment, Abalimi funds training through sponsorships and fund-raising initiatives. Resources such as compost and seedlings, are made available to our farmers on a heavily subsidised basis to ensuring success of their farms.
Ongoing support is offered through extension training, assisting with market access, social and organisational support and access to affordable agri-resources.