Harvest of Hope only procures vegetables grown using organic methods. But what does this mean?
The term ‘organic’ was first used at the turn of the 20th century to describe agriculture that was not destructive and extractive in its practices. This commonly is understood by what it does not do: no chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides nor synthetic fertilizers are allowed.
Harvest of Hope instead supports agriculture that builds the health of the soil and ecosystem for the communities and people using them. We closely work with farmers and community gardeners trained by Abalimi Bezekhaya on a weekly basis to ensure they have the support they require to stay chemical-free and healthy.
Currently South Africa doesn’t have its own standards for regulating what can be called ‘organic’, and facilitates the implementation of European
Union organic certification. This process involves much time, money, and administration which are prohibitive to Abalimi. Instead we are looking into other certification schemes that small-scale farmers can obtain. For now that means that the vegetables we buy is ‘non-certified organic’.
Harvest of Hope ensures natural and safe standards through a variety of tests. Soil is tested regularly for soil health and for pesticide contamination. All gardens are tested for heavy metals. Water is tested annually for E.Coli. And Vegetables are tested for nutrition levels and heavy metals periodically.
Our focus to ensure a market for small-scale organic farmers, and to make local, organically grown vegetables available to all. To provide healthy food for our farmers, their families, and yours we strongly believe we need to be ecologically centered with wholistic management. Staying focused on our farmers ultimately leads to a better vegetable, a greener Cape Town, and a more food secure South Africa.
To learn more about organic farming practices, or to take a tour to see for yourself, visit Abalimi Bezekhaya [hyperlink].