An entire generation is rediscovering the delicate flavours of vegetables cooked straight from the garden, while rocketing food prices are driving households to become more self-sufficient in growing their own fresh produce.

Gardeners and commercial growers alike are opting in increasing numbers for rare crops such as okra, purple carrots and specialist vegetables used in stir fries such as Pak Choi, oriental mustard and red hot chillies, which fetch high prices in the supermarkets.

Perfect Grow offers a choice of highly advanced ‘Future Crops’, sourced from innovative international seed companies, active in research, plant breeding, seed production and processing, and leading in sales and marketing of hybrid vegetable varieties.

With more than 50 years’ experience in the field of horticulture and hydroponics, the company benefits from an extensive knowledge and understanding of plant cultivars, nutrient and irrigation requirements, along with integrated pest management solutions. Moreover, Perfect Grow advises on, and supplies advanced growing media and organic soil amendment products. 

The company’s mission is to provide existing growers and /or newcomers with the knowledge, support and skills to manage, maintain and produce successfully.

To read more about the future speciality crops please download the document HERE:

 

Agriculture Is the Foundation of Developing Economies

Agriculture is the foundation of developing economies. As one of these economies, South Africa needs to ensure a healthy agricultural industry that contributes to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), food security, social welfare, job creation and ecotourism, while adding value to raw materials.

But the health of the agricultural sector depends on the sustainability of farming methods. There is overwhelming evidence that we need tangible environmental practices if we want to ensure ongoing productive agricultural systems and food security in South Africa. Farming practices must therefore not only protect the long-term productivity of the land, but must also ensure profitable yields and the well-being of farmers and farm workers.

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Knowledge and Experience That Makes the Difference

What are we offering?

Ad-Hoc Solutions:

Address any immediate problem you may have; Crop disease, nutrients deficiencies, analysis of production, target crop analysis (expected yield, timing etc.)

Medium-Long term Solutions:

  1. Assessment of supporting systems; greenhouse/s, Fertigation system, growing method, growing medium etc.

  2. Irrigation and nurtrients program to fit the crop profile accross the growing cycle. 

  3. Detailed Integration Pest Management program (IPM). 

  4. Formulating market strategy. 

  5. Advice on crop and plant varieties options.

  6. Analysing cost effectiveness based on running cost and potential projected produce

  7. Sourcing information.

There is always room to improve your production

THE GREEN RO(O)UT

Experiencing Hydroponics and South Africa in one go...

What is included in the tour?

  • 3 days of commercial Hydroponics course.

  • 3 days of traveling and visiting several hydroponics ventures in South

  • Africa.

  • 3 days of visiting popular areas of South Africa.

Commercial Hydroponics Course: conducted by an expert at McGregor, Western Cape, South Africa

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGregor,_Western_Cape)

Visiting hydroponics ventures specialising in different crops at the Western Cape (Tomato growers, in-vitro Potato growers, Cucumber growers, Herbs, Etc).*

  • 3 days tour to interesting locations such as ; Cape Town tour, Knysna, the garden Rout and others.*

What is included in the Green Tour price?

  • Accommodation (Breakfast included).

  • Traveling ( including from -to Cape Town airport )

  • Hydroponics commercial course

What is not included: 

  • Flights to South Africa –return.
  • Meals (self-paid)
  • Refreshments.(self-paid)

The GREEN ROOT TOUR concept involved the introduction and learning about Commercial Hydroponics with the leisure of touring of South Africa while visiting commercial hydroponics structures and interesting touring destinations (Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch botanical Gardens etc)

Notes: * Each Course program is designed according to seasons, type of crops etc and therefore subject to changes.

EXAMPLE OF COURSE PROGRAM:

Day 1:

Landing at Cape Town international airport. Transfer to McGregor accommodation at Fountain Place. (http://www.fountainplace.co.za/).

Dinner; at leisure ( Karoux Restaurant- McGregor- http://www.karoux.co.za/

Day 2 :

Hydroponics Commercial Course

Meals: Light lunch at Tebaldi restaurant or The Deli Girl at McGregor.

Dinner: At Bourbon street Restaurant- Robertson; http://www.bourbonst.co.za/

Day 3;

Hydroponics Commercial Course.

Meals: Light lunch at Strictly Coffee -Robertson, http://www.strictlycoffee.co.za/

Dinner at: Tebaldi Restaurant at Temenos retreat -McGregor http://www.temenos.org.za/

Day 4;

Hydroponic Commercial Course.

Meals: Light meal at McGregor – The Deli girls. Dinner at Green Gables McGregor; http://www.greengablescountryinn.co.za/

Day 5;

Traveling to Cape Town to visit the Table Mountain including cable car to the “table”. http://www.tablemountain.net/

A tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens.

A trip to Rennies Farms on the way back (Specialised Tomatoes and English cucumber)

Dinner at: Bourbon Street Resturant.

DAY 6 :

Traveling to Allee Bleue – near FrenschHoek , Herb producers and famous winery. (http://www.alleebleue.co.za/)

Visiting Hydroponics Strawberry farm near Paarl .

Traveling through the town of Frenschhoek and through the mountain pass back to McGregor.

Dinner at : Karoux restaurant , Mcgregor.

Day 7 :

Traveling through the garden rout to Knysna at leisure , staying at one of the Guest Houses on Lagoon.

Dinner: at leisure at Knysna http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knysna

Day 8;

Traveling to Durban through the beauty landscape of Transkai, staying at Hilton Natal midlands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midlands_of_KwaZulu-Natal

Day 9;

Traveling to Durban , Shaka airport Agri-zone to visit the most advance Dutch Greenhouses in South Africa and modern pack-house (FarmWise).

Flying back at the afternoon to Cape Town airport and back to McGregor.

Day 10;

Transfer to Cape Town international airport.

Total cost: 1,550 Euro per person.

Booking : just send e-mail to ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hydroponics Commercial Courses 2017

  • January 30th-February 3rd. (course 174)
  • February 27th-March 3rd. (course 175)
  • March 27th-March 31st. (course 176)
  • April 24th-28th (course 177)
  • May 29th- June 2nd (course 178)
  • June 26th-June 30th.(course 179)
  • July 24th-July 28th (course 180)
  • August 28th-September 1st. (Course 181)
  • September 25th-September 29th (course 182)
  • October 23rd-October 27th (course 183)
  • November 27th- 1st of December (course 184)
  • Special rates course: 11th-14th of December. (course 185)

Bookings and deposits:

Bookings 90 days prior to course commencement with secured deposit of 20% will grant 15% discount.

General Objectives:

  1. To provide a sound basis of knowledge in horticultural principles as they apply to the culture, use and management of plants in various production situations.

  2. To provide new and existing employees who are unable to undertake on campus training with the opportunity to gain appropriate knowledge in the field of plant culture, use and management.

  3. To prepare employees for supervisory and managerial positions in the field of plant culture, use and management.

  4. To provide horticultural business owner/operators (or those contemplating ownership) with appropriate training to apply technical skills to the management of the physical, financial and human resources in which they have made, or will make, a substantial investment.

  5. To provide an understanding of modern technology and its application to growing plants, with emphasis being placed on hydroponics production of commercially valuable plants.

Course structure:

This subject has 30 lessons: Recommended for people who intend to practice hydroponics on professional and commercial scale (farmers, growers etc) and general public interested in the subject.

  1. Introduction to Hydroponics Technology

  2. Plant Growth Requirements: Light, artificial light, light balancers

  3. Plant Growth Requirements: Nutrition nutrient requirements, deficiencies, toxicities, pH, conductivity, salinity, growth regulators

  4. Plant Growth Requirements: Temperature

  5. Hydroponics Growing Systems:  basic concepts and designs, site considerations.

  6. Growing Media: types, properties, uses.

  7. Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions: nutrient formulae, preparing solutions.

  8. Hydroponic Equipment: component, nutrient delivery, pumping, testing

  9. Growing Structures: Design and Construction types

  10. Environmental Control: Heating, Cooling

  11. Environmental Control: Lighting, Shading.

  12. Environmental Control: Carbon Dioxide Enrichment

  13. Plant Culture In Hydroponics: Trellising, pruning, pollination, transplanting.

  14. Plant Culture in Hydroponics; methods

  15. Aggregate Culture

  16. Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Culture

  17. Rockwool Culture

  18. Other Techniques: wick systems, flood & drain, bag culture, aeroponics, etc.

  19.  Irrigation Soil Requirements

  20.  Irrigation Systems

  21. Plant Propagation seed & cutting propagation & tissue culture

  22. Market Gardening Cut Flowers

  23.  Market Gardening Vegetables

  24. Other Plants In Hydroponics herbs, grasses, indoor plants

  25. Pest and Diseases                                                    

  26. Weeds identification and control

  27. Managing A Commercial Hydroponics Farm crop scheduling & selection standards

  28. Management Organisation and Supervision

  29. Marketing Promotion and Selling

  30. Students will work out a thorough principle business plan based on production of cultivar (own choice) as final group discussion.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Course duration: 4 days ( 8 hours/day, last day 6 hours).

Location: McGregor, Western Cape.

Lodging: At McGregor At anyone of the following options subject to availability of accommodation at time of course:

Fountain Place guesthouse,  (www.fountainplace.co.za), or:
Lord's Guest Lodge (www.lordsguestlodge.co.za)

Price: R 17,500.00 (VAT inclusive).

Price includes:

  • Course fee

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and refreshments

Transport from and to Cape Town International airport.

Payments terms:

  • Fee is payable in advance.

  • Overseas students must pay 20% in advance to secure letter of invite for Visa application.

  • Fees are not refundable.

The course covers all aspects of hydroponics culture including on hand practices at the farm. Students will be provided with the course flash drive which includes comprehensive information of all the subjects discussed during the course.

Each student will get certification upon the course completion.

Contact Us

 

Ezekiel Walford

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