Thursday, January 15, 2009

Food and our Future: 5 Day Workshop

South Africa's first GROW BIOINTENSIVE Teaching Centre was started at CIDA City Campus in 2007 by Sandile Nkosi and Simphiwe Tinini and was featured on 2008 cover of Ecology Action's Seed Catalogue (pictured left) which is mailed to subscribers in over 120 countries.

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We are very excited to be able to offer a 5 day workshop at Ezemvelo in September on GROW BIOINTENSIVE agriculture by John Jeavons.

For over 30 years Jeavons has been a trail blazer in the field of sustainable agriculture, developing a mini farming system known as GROW BIOINTENSIVE.

This method has been extraordinarily successful in over 141 countries worldwide.

"There are probably a billion people in the world who are malnourished. The Jeavons approach could enable that segment of the population to feed itself adequately for the first time ever. That would be a remarkable development in this world, and would do more to solve the problems of poverty, misery and hunger than anything else we've done."
-Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland

In Africa Kenya is a leader in this field. 2008 was a record year with over 20,000 Kenyan farmers attending 5 day workshops taught by graduates with 2 years training from Manor House Agricultural Centre. See: 2008 Biointensive Report in Kenya

A leading teacher and proponent in Kenya is Joshua Machinga. He has taught over 37,000 farmers in this method at the Common Ground project. Their website provides a great online resource for farmers at:
Village Volunteers: Sustainable Village Library

Ezemvelo is offering special 5 day accommodation packages including all meals and course tuition as follows:
Rhino House (2 persons/ room) 3250
Legae-Chalets (3 persons / chalet) 3175
Family Huts (3 persons/room) 3025

Group rates:
Hikers Huts (16 per dorm room) 2850
Eland Lapa (8 per dorm room) 2850
Caravan & Camping (max 6 per stand) 2700

Workshop and meals only 2300

Accommodation is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis with full payment.

For bookings and further information e-mail: or

TEL: 013 680 1399 / 083 440 5886 /
083 655 3638 / 083 287 6832

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for bringing the eco-campus (BIOINTENSIVE farming)in South Africa, there are millions of people who are starving, I think it should go to schools as well. Wishing all the best with this initiative!!!