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. We hope that you will continue to support our farmers while we collaborate with organisations such as OZCF Market,Edible Co, PEDI, Umthunzi, Lentegeur and others.
Harvest of Hope was launched at the beginning of 2008 with the kind assistance of the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship (SAIE), The Business Place Philippi and the Ackerman Pick n’ Pay Foundation.