Accredited Training

Soil for Life NPC

Accredited Natural Food Gardening Training

Soil for Life’s 4-day AgriSETA accredited short skills course in Natural Food Gardening (NFG) is designed to provide participants with practical, ecologically friendly skills to establish a food garden and learn essential skills to improve food security in a cost effective way. Training is targeted to formalize NFG for Workplace Skills Plans (WSPs).

Who will the course benefit?

The course will benefit delegates interested in developing healthy, productive soil and growing organic vegetables. It is ideal for all Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) conscious staff that need to connect with the environment. Previous gardening skills are not essential but a passion for growing healthy, nutrient rich food and soil is a must.

What does the course cover?

  • Growing plants from seed
  • Making a trench bed
  • Planting crops
  • Making compost
  • Protecting plants
  • Making a sheet mulch bed
  • Transplanting
  • Crop rotation
  • Making & using natural fertilisers
  • Making & using natural pesticides
  • Harvesting vegetables
  • Seed saving

What are the Unit Standards?

  • 119703:  Mulch and enrich the soil of established landscaped areas (5 credits)
  • 119704:  Propagate plants from seed (5 credits)
  • 119706:  Plant and establish plants from containers into open ground (5 credits)

What is the full qualification & how many credits are needed?

The full qualification is titled General Education and Training Certificate: Horticulture Level 1 and 120 credits are needed. The unit standards above are building blocks to achieving a full SAQA certificate qualification.

How many people are accepted per course?

Between 15 and 20

When is the next course?

Please see dates on our Calendar.

Where is it held?

Soil for Life Resource Centre – Boomklas:  off Brounger Road, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia

What is the cost?

R4 200 per person (including training manuals, materials, teatime refreshments and a light lunch)

How to book

Send your email address and telephone number to and we will send you a booking form and more details about the course.