Permaculture programmes and courses at the Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens Permaculture Centre offers a wide range of food garden programmes for young and old. Permaculture offers an accessible and affordable way to grow safe organic food at minimal cost to both one’s pocket and the environment. Find out more about this ‘cultivated ecosystem’ way of designing and growing that is becoming a major part of green design and eco-friendly living. Courses and programmes at the Durban Botanic Gardens will be of interest to the home owner, children, teacher, student, land care practitioner, and community gardener.

Please see below our range of courses and programmes on offer at the Gardens this year – of interest to the home owner, children, teacher, student, land care practitioner, and community gardener.

Kitchen garden courses
Dates: Saturdays: 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June

Time: 8:30am-3pm

Learn how to cultivate an organic kitchen garden for a regular supply of fresh and nutritious leafy vegetables & herbs. Using companion planting and other permaculture design ideas, this course offers a practical introduction to food gardening right on your kitchen doorstep – a great way to spend a Saturday with fellow food gardeners.

Tea and lunch included

Cost: R375 p/p

To book: e-mail dbginfo@durban.gov.za / Tel: 031-322 4021 / 031-309 1170 / fax: 031-309 1271. Please complete the course booking form and fax / e-mail to the Durban Botanic Gardens. Places are limited to 25 candidates so please do book early to avoid disappointment. Your deposit confirms your place on the course.

Further enquiries: contact Gabriel Mngoma, DBG Permaculture Coordinator 083 619 0892.

School food garden programmes

Starting a School Garden

Weekdays (booking essential), Time: 9am – 12pm. A week-day morning hands-on programme for learners and teachers interested in developing an organic food garden. Lunch not included. Please contact us to arrange a suitable date.

Cost: R25 per learner

Permaculture for children (school holidays)

Dates: Wed 23 June & 7 July, Time: 9:00am-12pm. The garden is a magical place for children. This programme provides an opportunity to reconnect with the sensory wonder of the garden and to discover why it’s really cool to grow your own food. Some really great projects such as worm farming and ‘Food in My Shoe’ are included. Suitable for ages 9-12. Parents are encouraged to spend a fun-filled morning gardening with their children. Refreshments included

Cost: R95 p/p

Food gardening for school educators

principles and methods to support hands-on curriculum-based learning, while promoting ecological literacy and environmental sustainability. Tea and lunch included

Cost: R225.00 pp

To book: Please complete the course booking form and fax / e-mail to the Durban Botanic Gardens. E-mail dbginfo@durban.gov.za / tel: 031-322 4021 / 031-309 1170 / fax: 031-309 1271. Places are limited to 25 candidates per course, so please do book early to avoid disappointment. Your deposit confirms your place on the course. Further enquiries: contact Gabriel Mngoma, DBG Permaculture Coordinator 083 619 0892.

Community permaculture programme

Dates: 19 – 23 July, Time: 8:30am-16:30pm. A client driven 5 day hands on programme designed for specific site needs. On-site training included. Follow-up evaluation and support site visit included. Includes all tuition, learning materials, tea and lunch. Transport to and from venues and accommodation not included.

Cost: R1800.00 pp

Food gardening for land care practitioners

The boundaries between ornamental horticulture and food gardens are often blurred. Conservation practitioners in many cases need to deal with issues of poverty and hence food gardening programmes are being introduced into many conservation initiatives especially where community development projects are being undertaken in protected areas. This three day Permaculture course has been designed to cater for horticultural and conservation practitioners who have an interest in urban agriculture/food garden initiatives and need to facilitate food garden projects at a local community level. Tea and lunch included.

Cost: R1500.00 pp

Food gardens network

Gardens and gardeners do not exist alone. Our vision is a network of accessible food garden centres across the City. Imagine being able to walk to your neighbourhood food garden, meet the grower, harvest your own vegetables and share ideas about growing. This is garden-city future that we at the Durban Botanic Gardens are passionate about turning into a reality.

There is a host of local city permaculture food garden projects already emerging. To be a successful gardener one needs the support of others to share ideas and resources. The challenge now is to develop the network and connect gardens and gardeners. The DBG Permaculture Centre provides the opportunity to help develop neighbourhood communities that support food gardening. We invite you to contact us to find out how you can become part of this exciting venture by starting a food gardening network in your area.

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