Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Abalimi bezekhaya - urban farming

The first piece of farmland we visited in the townships, farmed by six women, all over the age of 60.

Situated under power pylons, the land and water are provided by the municipality of Cape Town. Organic growing training is provided by Abalimi.

Piles of beautiful purslane were being tossed, and I would like to see it finding its way into people's pots and food boxes. It tastes good but is perhaps considered morog famine food in the context of the all the other "legitimate" vegetables being farmed. If only they could see how much it sells for at the Union Square Farmers' Market...

Tomatoes grown too long for market, but in great shape.

Marijke and I choosing small red onions to take home. Mine found their way into a lunchtime Savoy cabbage soup with white beans, verjus and ham.

To find out more, visit Abalimi


  1. i've been wanting to go and see abilimi for so long now, but just haven't had time. your lovely photos are definitely spurring me on to go at last!

  2. Hi Pia - I am so pleased. Rob shows people around on Tueday's, I believe...GO!


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