Growing Nations vision is to provide Transformation through Sustainable Agriculture. This is done in a variety of ways including through agricultural extension training, our Resident Student Program, on the Demonstration Farm at Maphutseng and through transformational development training.
Growing Nations operate a demonstration farm at Maphutseng. The farm is approximately 10 ha and it is used for training our resident students, teaching farmers & visitors, research and demonstrating different crops & farming methods.
In addition to the demonstration farm, Growing Nations train and equip farmers in their local communities through extension work. This work is done in conjunction with lead farmers who train others in their home areas and also alongside the local government District Agriculture Officers.
Resident Student Program
Growing Nations has been runnning a Resident Student Program at Maphutseng since 2010. This program aims to train, equip and transform young farmers aged between 18 & 30 for a period of 2 years. During the first year the students spend periods of time learning residentially at Growing Nations and periods of time implimenting what they have learnt on their own fields. The second year is spent living at home and working alongside and teaching others in their community what they have learnt, with the support of the Growing Nations team.
Growing Nations is geared up to carry out trainings on site at Maphutseng, including residential training.
Training is usually carried out in the training room which can currently seat 20 people and on the demonstration farm. Accommodation and catering can be arranged for groups, as required for those who require training over longer periods, with groups being accommodated in the Old Mission House in bunk or double bedded rooms.