Tiger Kloof Education Institution is a multi-faceted educational institution situated twelve (12) km from Vryburg in the Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District of the North West Province, South Africa.
Tiger Kloof Agricultural Training Centre provides Land care Training for youth and adults, as well as Agricultural Training for smallholder farmers in basic household food production, holistic veld management and beef production.
THE TRAINING CENTRE
Tiger Kloof Agricultural Training Centre combats poverty and improves the environment through farmer training initiatives. These include land care training to youths and adult learners, and training in basic household food production for smallholder farmers through organic vegetable gardens and environmentally sustainable cattle farming.
The Mission Statement is:
- Environmental and Ecological Understanding
- Increased Sustainability
- Responsible environmental, financial and social decision-making through skills
- development in sustainable organic food production, sustainable stock and veld management
- ecological literacy, human relationships, community leadership and sustainability through responsible partnerships
This is achieved through:
Short residential courses with theoretical and practical training on Tiger Kloof’s demonstration farm. Establishment of projects with in-situ training in the community, where specific problem-solving is addressed.
Monitoring of projects.
Dialogue with Dept of Agriculture and Municipal Authorities to influence policy- making and sustainability. Accessing funds for the training by partnering with Government structures, NGOs an like-minded Corporate organizations
What We Do
The Tiger Kloof Land Care Initiative educates the youth about human economic activities and their impact on the environment, with special reference to Agriculture. The programme shows that farmers can mimic nature in their production system without sacrificing yields and achieve economic sustainability.
Tiger Kloof’s response to the Land Care imperative began in 2006 with a Land Care training course developed by Tiger Kloof Farm Trainer together with input from the local Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment. It involves a week-long residential course on the Tiger Kloof demonstration farm with scholars from schools throughout the district.
In 2008 Tiger Kloof Educational Institution won an award from the National Department of Agriculture Conservation and Environment for the best school-based Junior Land Care Programme.
The Farm Section
The Nguni production system started in 2010 with 50 cows and 2 bulls. These have since grown to 151 as at 29/10/2012. The aim of the project is to raise slaughter stock for the boarding. It is hoped that eventually a large proportion of the food needed by the school kitchens will be provided by our own production of meat and vegetables. The rest of the animals will then be sold to abattoirs to sustain farm operations. The farm also works as training model for holistic veld management and beef production.