August and Anita Basson arrived in Tebellong, Lesotho as AIM missionaries in March 1993 and after several years of pastering the congregation there, August Basson realised that, in the midst of drought and failed harvests, he needed to help in a practical way. It was out of this realisation that the work of Growing Nations emerged and August started to develop the Conservation Agriculture work.
Tebellong is situated in the more remote Qacha's Nek region of Southern Lesotho, close to the border with South Africa. The village of Tebellong ('Place of Expectation') lies overlooking a plateau cut off from the main road network by the Senqu (Orange) River. Although scenically beautiful, this made development of the site and upscaling of the Conservation Agriculture work difficult.
Following to move of the Growing Nations base to Maphutseng in September 2008, Tebellong remains as a centre for Growing Nations work and training in this region of Lesotho.