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COMMERCIAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION
(3 DAY course - JHB or CPT option)
R17,600

WINTER SPECIAL - 25% off (R13,200)
June, July & August dates

As the South African Cannabis industry opens up and comes online, there will be a seizable need for personnel who have comprehensive knowledge around growing at scale. Joining a course like this will not qualify you as a “master grower” (which takes many years of experience) but it will equip you with the foundational knowledge needed to be able to begin your journey into the commercial grow space.

Our Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Course is designed for farmers / serious hobbyists, entrepreneurs and corporate investors looking to grow Cannabis on a commercial scale. The course takes place over 3 days and covers all aspects of large scale Cannabis production, the value chain from farm to consumer, where they intersect and how they influence each other.

The course takes place monthly alternating between Johannesburg and Cape Town and the course cost covers accommodation all meals and field trip transport.

Outcomes:
On completion of this course attendees will have a fundamental understanding of how growing Cannabis fits into the Cannabis supply chain and what is needed to grow Cannabis on a commercial scale both in and outdoor. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

We also facilitate an ongoing support service through our partners to those attendees that require assistance and support with bringing a facility online. Onsite training can also be arranged should this be required and can be stipulated on the application form. 

Minimum requirements:
Please note that this is not a beginners course and applicants are required to have ONE of the following:

- A minimum of 2 years experience in Cannabis growing 
- A minimum of 2 years experience in commercial farming
- An agricultural qualification in plant production
- Evidence to support a commercial interest in opening a Cannabis  facility as an entrepreneur or investor

Course duration: 3 days 

Course Cost: R17,600 

Discount of 10% will be applied when 2 or more people sign up to the course. 

Cannabis Industry 101

Johannesburg Location

CBD Full Spectrum Farm

Cape Town Location

Cheeba Academy campus

JOHANNESBURG COURSE (3 days / 2 nights):

This course is an immersive experience that takes place at our beautiful campus in Vereeniging 40 mins from the JHB CBD.

The course includes:
- All meals (all dietary requirements catered for)
- Accommodation for 2 nights (at our on campus hotel)
- A one-hour sundowner boat cruise on the Vaal River
- Site visits to a SAHPRA registered facility (including transport)
- T-shirt, notebook and USB with content
- Membership access to our on campus Cannabis club, Onder Die       Boom where you can spend the evenings unwinding 

This course will give you the opportunity to expand your network with fellow growers and facilitate peer to peer knowledge exchange. 

Our campus is fully Covid-19 compliant.
Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost

JOHANNESBURG DATES:
30th June - 2nd July
18th - 20th August
20th - 22nd October

CAPE TOWN COURSE (3 days / 2 nights):

This course is an immersive experience that takes place in Paarl just outside of Cape Town. Morning classes take place at the beautiful Cascade Manor Country House while afternoon classes take place at Natie's small holding and the Biodelta grow facility.

The course includes:
- All meals (all dietary requirements catered for)
- Accommodation for 2 nights (at Cascade Manor Country House)
- Site visits to a SAHPRA registered facility and an extraction facility    (including transport)
- T-shirt, notebook and USB with content

This course will give you the opportunity to expand your network with fellow growers and facilitate peer to peer knowledge exchange.

Our courses are fully Covid-19 compliant.
Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost

CAPE TOWN DATES:
28th - 30th July
28th Sep - 1st Oct
24th - 26th Nov

Course syllabus

DAY 1:
Cannabis Industry Overview:
 
- An overview of the cannabis supply chain from seed to sale
- Grower vision, why do you want to grow and what do you hope to achieve
- Licensing, regulation and legal status
- Deciding what to grow - strain selection (genetics) - THC, CBD complex, hemp, yield, growth habit, personal preference, flower to calyx ratio

Growing Outdoors:
- Financial modelling - budgets and generating ROI
- Capacity - size of grow and personnel and expertise needed to deliver
- Cannabis plant - growth habits and requirements vs other conventional commercially grown annual crops
- Site selection - accessibility for staff, climate, security, fencing, access control, proximity to market, latitude (daylight cycle, temperature range, sunlight)
- Water - (source, quantity, rainfall, quality, analysis, filtration, irrigation systems and design (fertigation, EC, pH, precipitation rates), scheduling, automation
- Plant material source - seed, clones, tissue culture
- Growing Style - pots vs soil, pH, plant spacing, soil and growing medium analysis, water holding capacity
- Infrastructure - tunnels, shade-netting, open-air, design and layout (pros and cons)
- Environmental Control - relative humidity, pests and disease control, biological / conventional, temperature, light cycles – across all developmental stages of the  plants growth and their effects on the final product
- Nutrients - feeding schedules, overview of macro and micro elements and their role in the plant at various growth stages, organic vs chemical, bioaccumulation, heavy metals, companion planting
- Harvesting - outdoor considerations
- Manipulations and effects - LST, HST, monster cropping, light deprivation
- Certification - traceability, GAP, GMP, responsibility, C.O.A

DAY 2:
An Introduction to Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing & Compliance Orientation

- SAHPRA High-THC Medical Cannabis cultivation licensing requirements
- Scope, plan and design
- Build and setup
- SAHPRA License application process
- ISO:9001 vs GACP vs GMP
- C15 QualityOne - Quality management systems overview
- SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures)
- Staff and training
- Quality assurance and risk management
- What to expect on inspection day
- Staying compliant

Growing Indoors (facility):
- Financial Modelling - budget, ROI, grower vision, capacity – personnel, expertise level
- Capacity - size of grow and personnel and expertise needed to deliver
- Site selection - security, location, existing infrastructure and conversions
- Infrastructure overview - different rooms / areas required
- Water - source, quantity, quality, analysis, filtration, irrigation systems and design, EC, pH, scheduling, automation
- Lighting - PPFD, PAR, DLI, spectrum, LED vs HPS, running costs, maintenance
- Grow cycle scheduling - dedicated vegetative facility, flowering facility
- Growing style - pots vs DWC vs aeroponics vs growslabs
- Growing medium - coco peat / perlite, organic soil, rockwool
-Environmental control - temperature / air circulation (HVAC), CO2 enrichment, relative humidity, pests and disease control – biological / conventional, light cycle scheduling, filtration
- Nutrients - feeding schedules, overview of macro and micro elements and their role in the plant at various growth stages, organic vs chemical
- Sustainability - using solar power, energy efficiency, rainwater harvesting and recycling
- Harvesting - timing, labour, trimming – hand vs machine, drying, curing, storage
- Manipulations and effects - LST, HST, monster cropping, SOG, SCrOG
- Certification -traceability, GAP, GMP, responsibility, C.O.A

An Introduction to Extraction and Testing:

- Different methods of extraction
- The importance of testing and testing methodologies

DAY 3:
- Site visit to a SAHPRA registered farm Druids Garden and CBD Full Spectrum
- Site visit to Cannabis social club 

meet your instructors

Natie Ferreira cannabis grower

Natie Ferreira:
Natie’s 18 years of experience in the green industry as a beautifier, project manager and producer has brought him to the place where horticulture and agriculture meet. He has extensive knowledge and experience of farming and growing Cannabis and is a driving force in the industry. His participation in Cannabis-related organisations include being a founding member and treasurer of the Cannabis Industrial Development Cooperative of the Western Cape (CIDCWC), a founding member and chairman of the Association of Compassion (AOC) and the owner of Tamatie - Growing Master Grower - who we partner with to deliver advanced grow courses.

Natie’s ability to assemble and manage a professional team has led to the successful completion of many large and smaller scale projects across the Western Cape. Through his mentorship program, Natie unlocks the potential of previously excluded people, bringing them into the mainstream economy.

Merge his instinctive understanding of the Cannabis plant in all its phases with his knowledge and green fingers, and you have a deep source of Cannabis know-how. It is this intuition and intelligence, coupled with his empathy and understanding of people, that unleashes the power of Cannabis to bring people together.

Phillip Howes Agricultural Specialist

Phillip Howes:
Phillip has been a key-player in the growth and development of the agricultural business sector of South Africa for the past 30 years. Pioneering agricultural concepts such as; ‘Ripe-and-ready to eat’, almost single-handedly establishing the commercial blueberry industry in South Africa, and through the founding various social- and agricultural development projects throughout his long career to name but a few of his local accomplishments. He began his Cannabis journey 3 years ago and has been applying his deep knowledge to the Cannabis grow space ever since.

He specialises in the following areas: 
Large Scale Agribusiness Management (micro- and macro- organizational level) | Soil and Climate Analysis |Production Chain Logistical Support and Management | Agricultural Operations Design and Optimization |Business Administration and Financial Analysis

Phillip holds the following qualification: 

Bachelor of Science - Agriculture (Animal Husbandry and Genetics) - 1987 (University of Pretoria, South Africa) | Bachelor of Science - Agriculture (Horticulture and Soil Science) - 1991 (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) | Masters in Business Administration (MBA / MDP) - 1999 (University of Stellenbosch – Business School)

Phillip Howes Agricultural Specialist

Imiël Visser:
Imiël has worked in a variety of professional, activism, tech, and charity Cannabis sectors roles. He has experience with local and international Cannabis laws and understands the spectrum of regulatory requirements in South Africa and a number of other countries. He is a Quality Assurance, Compliance, and Cultivation Risk expert with a decade of greenfield project experience in various sectors within the Cannabis industry.

He entered the realm of Medical Cannabis Activism after sustaining a back injury during a car accident and set out to affect change in the Cannabis space. A decade later his Cannabis Industry Greenfield work has evolved into assisting in creating a safer Medical Cannabis Industry by advocating for and consulting on Quality Assurance & Compliance. He is passionate about advancing the local Medical Cannabis industry through Quality Assurance, Compliance, and Risk Mitigation best practices. He is the MD and Founder of GrowMore, a Quality Assurance and licensing company and teaches the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing & Compliance Orientation part of our course. 

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