Abalimi Bezekhaya, meaning “Farmers Of The Home” in isiXhosa, is a non-profit urban farming organization that provides support to disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. In an act to combat poverty, Abalimi teaches people how to grow and maintain their organic vegetable gardens within the local communities. Projects include home and community gardens to encourage food security while providing support to production gardens for income generation. The Abalimi Garden centers are the only nurseries in Nyanga and Khayelitsha that provide seeds, seedlings, manure, and utensils for sale to the local community at an affordable cost. These centers are also training and demonstration gardens, and the community can buy organically grown vegetables for consumption. Their target group is the urban poor living in informal settlements, often referred to as townships, where over a million people live with an unemployment rate of over 40%.
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