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 become a member of Harvest of Hope, simply:
1. Click here and register online.
2. Select your preferred veggie bag size and collection point.
3. Select if you want to pay online or be invoiced monthly.
Cost of veggie boxes?
A medium sized bag is suitable for a family of four, and includes 10 items, including six free-range eggs, our weekly surprise item and fresh seasonal vegetables, costs R160 per week.
A small sized bag is suitable for two people and includes 8 items, including vegetables and weekly variety items, costs R120 per week.
Payment is due in advance and can be done electronically via EFT.
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 every Tuesday. It is however an open invitation to join the movement to support community-driven urban-farming for organic vegetables. Click here to see a full list of our distribution points.