Introduction to Aquaponics and Hydroponics Workshop

Here at Fresh Life Produce we believe that knowledge is power.

We are offering a training course for anyone looking to learn more about sustainable food production methods, whether you are brand new to aquaponics or hydroponics or an experienced grower looking to expand your base of knowledge.

This is a comprehensive course covering all  the basics of sustainable food productions methods. We help you to understand how to grow your own food using 90% less water at twice the rate as normal vegetable gardens.


10 March 2018


Course highlights:

09:30 – Introduction
09:45 – Section A: Background and History

10:00 – Section B: Types of Aquaponics systems and their parts
11:00 – Guided Nature Walk through Intaka Island Nature Reserve

11:30 – Brunch
12:00 – Section C: Getting your system started and plant nutrients
13:00 – Section D: Aquaponics rules of thumb and your herb arsenal



This is a summary of the course content.  A comprehensive printed manual will be made available during the course.

 Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a light vegetarian lunch will be offered.

  There will be only 15 seats available per course.

Cost per Person: R499.00




28 April




Louis Our Director

Louis Our Director

Louis Janse van Rensburg is the founder of Fresh Life Produce.


His interest in aquaponics began early in 2015 when a friend of his introduced him to an aquaponics farm with a basic system in Pretoria. He was hooked by the simplicity and practicality of the system and he devoted his time in researching different systems and travelling to every aquaponics enthusiast he could come across.


In February 2016 he registered Fresh Life Produce (Pty) Ltd and had the opportunity to build his first rooftop garden for Century City using the fundamentals of aquaponics he had learned through his ventures. Since then healthy, vibrant, organic vegetables have been growing in the new system helping to educate school groups on a daily basis about this wonderful technology.


He attended a perma-culture course in Port Elizabeth which consisted of living on the farm, attending lectures, helping build new grow bed areas and gaining extensive knowledge on innovative versions of growing vegetables. After the course he obtained a perma-culture facilitator and design certification from Hope Permaculture Farm.


He was selected by Investec to travel to Israel with 19 other young Agricultural entrepreneurs in 2017 as part of their En-novate project and at the end of 2017 while in a joint venture with Urban Organics he won Cape Talks Small Business Award


Damon Hope (Head Co-ordinator for Training)


This is Damon Hope. He is head coordinator for training for Fresh Life Produce. He has his National Diploma in Nature Conservation , and has over 3 years of working in a conservation field. He worked in all sorts of environments ranging from Urban conservation in wetlands to Rural conservation in mountain ranges. He has a background of Environmental Education from working at Intaka Island Environmental Education Centre as well as running and educating small teams at Anthonjii Rupert wine farm as conservation site manager.
He was approached by our founder Louis Janse van Rensberg and introduced to the wonders of Aquaponics. After assisting with the creation and maintenance of the current Aquaponics at Intaka Island Education Centre, he has grown to love the inner workings and growth of Aquaponics. He now maintains the garden that has seen magnificent growth in the past 3 months.

He will be leading you all on the adventure of introduction to Aquaponics workshop and hopes to inspire you all to rethink the way we do gardening and farming.

A Guided Tour Through Intaka Island

A Guided Tour Through Intaka Island

Our Class of August 2017

Our Class of August 2017

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