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Manure runs begin again - A response to the Corona Virus

Manure runs begin again - A response to the Corona Virus

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In the late 1980's Abalimi carried out a very successfull manure run programme, which took manure, seeds and seedlings, as well as free advise and information, out into the far flung reaches of the townships in and around Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Cross-Roads, Philippi and Delft.  

Essentially a manure run is a bakkie load full of manure, seeds and seedlings (travelling mini-nursery) together with a field worker / trainer who is able to give advice and information on-site at people's gardens. Resources are sold at nominal cost, while cloth masks are handed out.

By reinstituting our manure runs we will be providing an essential service to our thousands strong movement of micro-farmers (home and community gardens) who rely on their gardens for food security. 

These gardeners would otherwise have to take public transport to our garden centres at the risk of catching the Corona virus. The possibility of infecting people via manure runs is minimal, as each delivery will be done on an individual no-contact basis with social distancing in place.

Each manure run costs R5000 and reaches around 50 gardeners per day (R100 per gardener). These costs are incurred due to transport and labour, and due to COVID-19 additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required, such as masks and sanitizer.  Distribution of these resources will vitally assist with our ongoing food security programme. 

Your donation, larger or small, will help relaunch these manure runs and have a significant effect on keeping our micro-farming movement alive during these trying times. 

Donations

  • Jul 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Empowering people to grow food is the best help I can think of - thank you! " - Fran Jex

  • May 30, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Great organization! Long may it continue and grow. " - Robyn

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "May this movement continue to grow from strength to strength. " - Charnelle Kluth

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Good hands doing good work - wonderful." - Cobie & Dennis

  • Apr 16, 2020 - USD $ 267.05
  • "Great initiative! Wishing all at Abalimi well. " - Ineke

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "keep up the great work and thank you " - Amanda Walker

  • Apr 15, 2020 - USD $ 16.42
  • "So many people are hungry, I wuld support you help people to feed themselves. Food is worth so much more when you have worked for months to grow it." - Cat Palmer

  • Apr 14, 2020 - USD $ 19.37
  • "Thanks for your fantastic work and to Olaf for sharing!! " - Diana

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "Thanks Olaf for sharing" - Sam & Florence

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "-" - Ingo & Alex

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "This is vital support that will greatly assist small-scale farmers to meet demand during covid" - Kim

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 26.61
  • "I strongly support this vital project, and thank you for what you are doing!" - Sally

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 10.64
  • "Good luck!" - Jax Lahoud

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 53.22
  • "I was an intern at Abalimi and they are really doing great work!" - Hanna Niklasz

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Local food security is critical " - Catherine K

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 54.05
  • "Thanks for the thoughtful community work you do " - Rehana

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Planting for life. " - LEH Muller

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "I hope this helps. I truly believe food security must be implemented from the ground up." - Anonymous

  • Apr 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great cause! " - Sandra Swart

  • Apr 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you guys. A very worthwhile project." - Maryke

  • Mar 31, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck" - Kanshu

  • Mar 31, 2020 - USD $ 279.64
  • "Thank you for this much-needed work " - Anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2020 - USD $ 55.93
  • "Keep up the fantastic work " - Derek and Janet

  • Mar 31, 2020 - USD $ 55.93
  • "Thank you for your amazing work " - Rebecca Johns

  • Mar 31, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great idea. Keep going." - Jan Nel

  • Mar 31, 2020 - R 52.50
  • "Thanks from everyone, and well done." - Anon

  • Mar 31, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Viva Abalimi!" - Frank

  • Mar 31, 2020 - USD $ 27.96
  • "Well done, great job!" - Sandie Ollier

  • Mar 31, 2020 - USD $ 83.89
  • "Keep up the good work in these tough times." - Tom H

  • Mar 31, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Great initiative" - Ingrid

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 102 798.63

Fundraising target

R 150 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 78 000.00
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Abalimi Bezekhaya, meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa, is a non-profit urban-farming organisation established in 1982. We support disadvantaged communities in Cape Town to grow their own organic vegetables for food security, health & nutrition, as well as generating an income through sale of veggies. Our focus is training, providing resources, support with infrastructure and market access.