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.
Please keep on supporting our farmers through purchasing from other organisations who are buying veggies from the township farmers. All veggies are grown organically, although not certified organic. We can also link you up with farmers who can provie you directy with vegetables, so please feel free to connect with us.
Umthunzi Farming Community (Veggie boxes and wholesale)
Emma Hosking | Kim Bloch
065 867 3832 | 084 835 9970
PEDI – Philippi Economic Development Initiative (Mostly wholesale)
060 477 2154
Lentegeur Spring Foundation (Mostly wholesale)
Edible Co Veggie Boxes (Southern Suburbs veggie boxes)
OZCF Market (Retail at the market)
Sheryl Ozinsky “It’s been such a privilege to work with HoH over many years. We are going to miss the interactions, but support Abalimi’s focus on its important work with farmers.”
Nomti Ntshoko “Bitter sweet! You guys have done A LOT in the communities long before anyone ever thought so and your work will certainly go recognised throughout!!! Well done 👍 and the very very best to the new collabs.
We will ALWAYS support you ♥️♥️♥️”
James Fernie, Uthando “I am so proud of Abalimi Bezekhaya & Harvest of Hope and the incredible work that you do to support so many micro farmers in Cape Town.”
Harvest of Hope
Harvest of Hope was set up as a market which connected the farmer to the customer in 2008 when few, if any, other companies were buying veggies from the township. It aimed to be a community-supported agriculture system (commonly referred to as a CSA model) that connected the producer and consumers within the food system more closely. It allowed 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 was a project that operated as an extension of the services offered by Abalimi Bezekhaya (meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa), a non-profit organisation. Abalimi’s 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 linked the farmer’s produce with the market demand for healthy, chemical and pesticide free, locally grown vegetables.
Harvest of Hope guaranteed 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 provided 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 was a relationship built on trust between the Abalimi urban farmers and the members of Harvest of Hope. This trust built income security for the farmers, as well as more availability of healthy food for families across the Western Cape.
Who were our members?
Initially, many of our members were parents picking up their vegetables each Tuesday when they collected their children from school. Over time our efforts expanded to meet the demand across the city where we delivered to partners at offices, schools health shops, and other outlets around Cape Town, with over 400 boxes a week at one point.