February 29, 2016
Green Monday South Africa joins Harvest of Hope to Offer Locally Grown, Organic Vegetables in Cape Town
Harvest of Hope, iNkosi Eco Lodge and Abalimi Bezekhaya partner with Green Monday South Africa to now provide organically-grown veggies in Northern Suburbs
Abalimi Bezekhaya has partnered with Green Monday South Africa, a new initiative launched by Humane Society International that aims to improve animal welfare, human health and environmental sustainability. The idea is simple – leave meat, dairy and eggs off your plate for one day a week and replace it with delicious plant-based alternatives.
To help our Northern Suburbs take part in this fun and delicious movement, Harvest of Hope will now be offering fresh, organically-grown veggies to Durbanville and De Tyger areas once a week (on tuesdays). The local pick up point for the weekly greens is the iNkosi Eco Lodge, who has also joined the Green Monday movement.
Monthly or quarterly orders can be placed online for small (R99 per week), medium (R133 per week) or even combination bag sizes. Vegetables included will change on a weekly basis to offer a variety of meal options – ranging from carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach and lettuce to chives, peppers and basil, amongst others.
Harvest of Hope is a project of Abalimi Bezekhaya, a nonprofit organisation in Cape Town. Their aim is to teach and train township communities on how to organically grow their own food and use agriculture as a means to food security as well as income generation. Harvest of Hope guarantees the purchase of all vegetables grown by these farmers by distributing boxes of fresh produce to HoH members weekly. Farmers benefit by receiving more than half the value of the veggie bags each week. The organisation is not concerned with making a profit, but rather offering guaranteed and reliable access to markets for the small farmers. More than a hundred farmers are part of the project, and providing the service in the Northern Suburbs will create even more job opportunities. Harvest of Hope is brining on more local farmers to cater for the added demand, and they are also hiring another driver and more staff for packing the produce.
The project relies on partners for drop off locations in various communities, this time joining with iNkosi Eco Lodge, De Tyger - the first of its kind in Cape Town. iNkosi Eco Lodge will run the pickup location for members and manage the distribution of vegetables, acting as a “local champion” for HoH. The Eco Lodge is green-friendly, serving guests in Cape Town with top quality service while creating little to no impact on the earth. The team at iNkosi Eco Lodge will host the launch of HoH into the area starting March 2016.
Green Monday’s vision is to help create a marketplace that provides food that enchants the palette, promotes better policies for animal welfare, and lessens our environmental footprint. By creating a more sustainable, animal-friendly, and waste-friendly marketplace, businesses will prosper, public health will improve, and there will be a decrease in the number of animals suffering on factory farms. With this project, Green Monday, Abalimi Bezekhaya and iNkosi Eco Lodge hope to raise awareness around these issues and assist citizens to bring about positive change.
Leozette Roode, social media manager and community relations coordinator of farm animals for Humane Society International, said: “We’re honored to join Harvest of Hope in this great initiative. By becoming a Harvest of Hope member and joining the Green Monday South Africa movement, you will not only benefit your own health, but also support assist local farmers, lessen your impact on the environment, help save animals and promote food security for South Africa. You have the power to embrace a sustainable future - one green meal at a time! Sign up as a HoH member and join the Green Monday movement today!”
Humane Society International encourages consumers to practice the three R’s of eating: reducing your consumption of animal-based foods, refining your diet by avoiding animal products derived from factory farming, and replacing meat and other animal-based foods with plant-based options.
How to Get Involved:
Leozette Roode, Social Media & Community Relations Coordinator, HSI, email@example.com
Rachel McKinney, Harvest of Hope Marketing & Sales Coordinator, Abalimi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lize Taljaard, General Manager, iNkosi Eco Lodge, email@example.com