Grootbos Foundation

Grootbos Foundation students Graduate

Grootbos Foundation students Graduate

Grootbos Foundation

Congratulations to all our Green Futures and Growing the Future students who have finished their course! We had a small ceremony in which each of them received a certificate in recognition of what they have learnt over the past year! We wish each and everyone the of best of luck. May you use the key which you have been given. Well done staff and students! This is what we have all been working for!

Our students have learnt the following skills during the past year:

Green Futures:

  • Plant identification
  • An appreciation of fynbos and its ecology
  • How to use fynbos in indigenous gardening
  • Fynbos propagation and nursery skills
  • Garden design, garden establishment and maintenance using water wise techniques
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Basic computers skills
  • Basic business skills

Growing the Future:

  • Organic vegetable growing
  • Basic soil science, soil improvement and soil preparation
  • Propagation techniques, planting and care of vegetables
  • Seasonal planting, interplanting
  • Basic permaculture concepts
  • Organic feeding and pest control regimes
  • Beekeeping and the processing of honey
  • Basic animal husbandry which includes taking care of pigs and chickens
  • Life Skills Training which includes literacy, life orientation and basic computer skills

All of our students are available for employment.  For more information, please contact Susan Lochner for Green Future students or Viola Siyotywa for Growing the Future students.

Contact Details:

Susan Lochner (; 0824364730)

Viola Siyotywa (; 0848307489)

Grootbos Foundation office (; 028 384 8048)

Grootbos Foundation students Graduate

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The Grootbos Foundation was established in 2003 and today assists more than 10 000 beneficiaries across the Overberg each year. Our vision is the conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplifting the communities within

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