Harvest of Hope Takes a Bow

Harvest of Hope was established in 2008 with the aim to provide market access to the farmers who wanted to sell surplus veggies.  We started marketing veggies from farmers in the townships long before anybody else was doing it. What started as a humble offering to school communities, grew to a shift in the market and encouraged other organizations to buy vegetables from the townships.

Since 2008 Harvest of Hope has sold over R16 million worth of vegetables, of which around R10 million was paid directly to farmers.  Veggies were grown at about 70 different gardens scattered around the townships, annually supporting around 245 farmers and their 1225 dependents.  This was sustained over 11 years, and we believe these farmers will continue in the future and grow from strength to strength.

Abalimi has however decided to focus on the core support to farmers around food security. While we will still assist farmers with market access, we will no longer be running Harvest of Hope as a project.  Formal operations will wrap up towards the end of December, while we work with farmers, clients and staff to find alternative solutions.

We want to thank all our loyal customers for their ongoing support.  From local families to the top restaurants in town – you made it happen.  We hope that you will continue to support our farmers while we collaborate with organisations such as OZCF Market,Edible Co, PEDI, Umthunzi, Lentegeur and others.

Welcome to Harvest of Hope

Harvest of Hope is the market which connects the farmer to the customer. It is a community-supported agriculture system (commonly referred to as a CSA model) that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely.  It allows the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of the Abalimi farmers and thus share the risks of farming through the purchase of fresh organic vegetable boxes.

Harvest of Hope is a project that operates as an extension of the services offered by Abalimi Bezekhaya (meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa), a non-profit organisation. Their aim is to provide basic human necessities for indigent persons, by assisting impoverished groups and communities within the area of greater Cape Town known as the Cape Flats to establish and maintain their own vegetable gardens, so as to enable those groups and communities to supplement their existing, inadequate supply of food.

Abalimi is focused on the advancement of food security through providing support and training residents of townships to grow their own vegetables. Harvest of Hope links the farmer’s produce with the market demand for healthy, chemical and pesticide free, locally grown vegetables.

Harvest of Hope guarantees the purchase of the vegetables grown by the Abalimi farmers, allowing them to focus on building their skills and ensuring that their vegetables are of the highest quality. Abalimi provides support to the farmers in production planning, soil infrastructure, planning harvests, access to seeds and seedlings, vegetable transportation, and financial services to be able to run their micro farms.

Harvest of Hope is a relationship built on trust between the Abalimi urban farmers and the members of Harvest of Hope. This trust builds income security for the farmers, as well as more availability of healthy food for families across the Western Cape.

How does it work?

Harvest of Hope delivers fresh boxes of vegetables that are picked, packed and delivered on the same day to selected local partners. To order your b

1. Please fill in the order form here – you only need to do this once.
2. Make an EFT payment in advance, preferably a full month if possible to help reduce admin and overheads.
3. Collect your veggies from your selected collection point.

Cost of veggie boxes?

A standard sized box is suitable for two people and includes 7-8 items of fresh seasonal vegetables at a cost of R160 per box (weekly delivery).

A family size box is suitable for a family of four, and includes 10-11 items of fresh seasonal vegetables at a cost of R190 per box (weekly delivery).

Click here to place your order online.

Payment is due in advance and can be done electronically via EFT and the proof of payment to be emailed to veggiebox@abalimi.org.za

Who are our members?

Initially, many of our members were parents picking up their vegetables each Tuesday when they collected their children from school. Now our efforts are focused on expanding to meet the demand across the city where we deliver to partners at offices, schools health shops, and other outlets around Cape Town. It is however an open invitation to join the movement to support community-driven urban-farming for organic vegetables.