Launching this Friday is an unusual book. Seed To Table is a cookbook that grew out of a relationship between three farmers of Abalimi Bezekhaya and three Rotary International Exchange Students who spent time with them.
Abalimi Bezekhaya – the farmers of home – is a voluntary organisation that works with individuals, groups and community-based organisations to achieve food security either through home or community gardens. Eleven micro-farmers, most of whom are women, are the backbone of Abalimi.
Referred to as the ‘field team’, these micro-farmers run their own plots either at home or in community gardens. The members were recruited to lead the development of the micro-farming movement in the townships. Each year, 3000 farmers receive support from Abalimi in the form of cheap bulk resources, education, training and skills development.
Anyone who’s ever been out to the township gardens created and supported by organisations like Abalimi and Soil For Life will know how incredible it is to see beautiful patches of food-producing land, and the wonderful, dedicated people tending to them.
Seed To Table isn’t just a book of recipes, though – it’s filled with the food, the stories and the inspiration of all involved – a story well worth the telling.
The book launches this Friday at Kalk Bay Books, so if you’re keen to hear about Abalimi first-hand, head on over there and pick up a copy (or two – I think they’d make fantastic gifts). Plus, all proceeds from the sale of the book at the launch will be donated back to Abalimi Bezekhaya to help them continue their wonderful work
When: Friday 10 December 2010. 6pm
Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay.