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Harvest of Hope March 16, 2009

Posted by Andreas in Cape Town, Gardening, Organic Food, South Africa, Sustainable Living, Urban Agriculture.
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At the end of last year I got a chance to visit a new organic box scheme called Harvest of Hope here in Cape Town. The organisation which was started by Abalimi Bezkhaya, one of my favourite local NGOs, delivers affordable weekly boxes of fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables to a number of schools in the Southern Suburbs.

A box of organic veggies ready for delivery

A box of organic veggies ready for delivery

What makes Harvest of Hope really different from other box schemes is that the produce is grown by local, poor city farmers in communal gardens. They and their families consume some of what they grow and they sell the rest of it to Harvest of Hope.

An urban organic farmer in action.

An urban organic farmer in action

The program is still relatively small – at the time of our visit they were shipping out just over a hundred boxes a week – but they’re planning to steadily increase production as time goes on.

The Harvest of Hope packing shed

The Harvest of Hope packing shed

You can find the other pics I took during our tour here. I found the visit truly inspirational. I’m now totally recommitted to growing more fruit and veggies in our own suburban garden.

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