Living Hope, an NGO in the greater Fish Hoek Valley runs 25 programmes, one of which is the Harvest Training Initiative which is an Agricultural training programme. This programme covers 5 streams of training, namely: Farming, Business, Community Development, Life skills and Christian Discipleship. As a Christian based NGO, we do believe that getting one’s relationship with God sorted out is the most important foundation of life. The training we offer on our farm equips students with the skills to become successful commercial farmers. It is a full time course, which runs for 18 months and is divided into classroom and practical experience. The vision of this training is to train both urban and rural farmers who will be able to grow food for our nation and develop the communities in which they farm. We are basically using tomatoes and other vegetables to to grow and invest into people’s lives.
Students get training in growing vegetables in tunnels, as well as growing real organic vegetables in shade netted areas. Our organic vegestable are genuine, high quality organic veges. The students learn how to make organic compost to help these veggies grow. Our water at Living Hope is the purest water in the Valley (purer than bottled water!) which ensures true organic vegetables. We also train in animal husbandry – the farm has free range goats, pigs and ducks to give students experience in raising animals on a small scale.
We teach students how to milk goats, make goats cheese and sell the farm produce which includes duck eggs. Students also learn how to process the vegetables we grow on the farm into delicious jams, chutneys and relish, which are sold at the Living Hope Farm Stall and Coffee Shop, & Kommetjie Rd, Capri.
Classroom training includes Accounting, Business, Project Planning, Community Development, Hydroponics, Discipleship Training and Computer Classes.
The eighteen month course is divided into four phases. Student who show good entrepreneurial skills are selected for phase 4 in which they get the opportunity to run their own tunnel and implement what they have learned in the previous 3 phases. Students who graduate from Phase 4 sell their own produce to local coffee shops and other outlets.
In short, Living Hope’s Harvest Training Initiative endeavours to train students in the methodology of “from farm to fork” in a very practical and hands on way. Do contact us on 021 784 2800 or come and visit us as we seek to Bring Hope and Breaking the Despair of povery and disease.