I am absolutely tired of walking into supermarkets to find that I don’t want to buy any of their vegetables. Their already packaged produce is over priced, and I’m over having to sift through potatoes with holes, split butternut or rotting onions. And sadly, there is not a single supermarket that can offer both a good price and fresh, beautiful produce.
While we were camping this weekend, we made some new friends. While getting ready for a braai, a box of some of the most beautiful vegetables I have ever seen was produced from their car. Everything from carrots, to beetroot, to leeks. Welcome to the box scheme.
So this was my first introduction to Harvest of Hope. They are run by Abalimi Bezekhaya, and this projects has been teaching the community of Khyalitsha how to farm sustain ably. Most of the plots that are involved in this project are run by woman, and strict guidelines are enforced to ensure that the produce is farmed in an organic manner. If the farmers do not live up to these guidelines, the project does not sell their produce. They have been running since 2008 and just keep growing through the positive word of mouth that they generate through their clients.
They offer two different size boxes that are delivered to collection points. A small box feeds about two people (R87/week) and a medium box can feed up to four people (R121/week). You can sign up here if you are interested.
For anyone living outside of the Cape Town Metropol area, there is a small problem. There are no collection areas. Now, this is a non-profit organisation, where all the money is pumped back into the farming project, so I wanted to find out if they would consider setting up a collection point in Somerset West. The answer to my email was “yes, we would love to set up a collection point there for you”. They just need to make it worthwhile so that they can cover the petrol costs. So We need 10 orders in the area, and then they will find a place to set up a collection point. We’re definitely in, so we need to get nine more orders.
If you are interested in joining us in this, and supporting a great project to boot, send me your contact details, either in a comment on this, or email to email@example.com.