Abalimi has two non-profit Garden Centre nurseries in Khayelitsha & Nyanga. From here we provide low cost, subsidised gardening resources such as manure, seed, seedlings, tools and organic pest control remedies to individual gardeners, groups and organisations. Abalimi supplies up to 11000 individual subsistence micro-farmers, per annum, from these nurseries. As the Garden Centre’s are based in the community and run by fieldworkers from these communities, they are accessible and affordable to our target ‘grassroots’ communities. Our centres also serve as training venues and have demonstration gardens that help to promote appropriate organic methodologies.
Abalimi is committed to developing a network of community owned garden centre depots throughout the informal settlements of the Cape Flats.
Drum-drip irrigation being piloted is demonstrated at the Garden Centres and at lead projects, in anticipation of future water shortages. This system is ideal for our conditions as it applies water directly to the plants so there is little wastage, reduces water loss through wind and evaporation, is simple to operate and repair, and is relatively inexpensive. Abalimi aims to install drum drip systems at every community garden project in the future.