Even though the end of the year is looming there are some horticultural courses coming up in the next few months that will be of interest to smallholders wanting to grow vegetables for profit.
Q The ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute at Roodeplaat outside Pretoria is offering training in Oyster Mushroom Production. The course runs 16–19 October and is aimed at entrepreneurs aspiring to become mushroom farmers to grow mushrooms for profit and to be able to manage successful mushroom businesses.
The course content includes an introduction to basic mycology, spawn making, substrate preparation, spawning and spawn run, fruiting, harvesting and handling, packaging, contract farming strategies and marketing your mushrooms. Across the five days the training is both theoretical and practical. The course fee is R2500 pp. To book contact 012 427-9700/9740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q Two organic vegetable gardening courses are being offered at the Inner City Garden, Johannesburg, by Sought After Seedlings. The elementary training will take place on 16 September, while the advanced course will run on 11 November.
Content of the elementary course includes mastering your soil ~ 17 essential nutrients and how they work, tips for growing crops in a water restricted environment, composting, crop rotation, mulching, companion planting, how to plant and germinate your seeds, planning your organic vegetable garden and learning how to make your own plant serum, to increase healthy plant growth and build immunity. Time: 8:30 – 4:30pm, light refreshments are provided, as well as notes and the price is R1 650 per person.
The advanced course covers similar topics in greater depth, along with pest control and learning how to make your own fish emulsion fertiliser. Time: 08h30–16h30, light refreshments are provided, as well as notes and the price is R1 950 per person.
Contact 082 365 0050 or email email@example.com.