Our Programs

Training to change.

At the core of our programs, we offer training and hands-on, practical skill development.

Our training centre in Kenya is where innovative methods to “use the land for good” are developed, tested and demonstrated. Students come to gain experience, knowledge and resources and find best practices and solutions for techniques, crops, methods and overall, better gardens.

At the core of our service is training and the transfer of knowledge. Our training platform is built on creating an outstanding experience with learning content. The learning experience is enhanced when it is continuously refreshed, and content is readily available.

The journey a Champion or OAT (Organic Agricultural Trainer) takes once they graduate moves them into a position of leadership and influence to spread the transformation.

The Journey of a Trainer

5 Day Workshop

Thrive developed a 5-day workshop to train representatives from community groups in the Thrive method for growing health. Participants represent community members from urban slums, orphanages, HIV groups, schools, prisons, refugee camps and medical clinics.

During this training, a Thrive OAT or intern teaches about our four key themes; organic gardening, nutrition, natural medicine and income generation. Afterwards, community members work together to create a community development project which includes at least 40 Life Gardens beds. Immediately they put their knowledge to work and start growing health!

5 Day Workshop
Growing Health Seminar (one month)

In 2012, to further equip community leaders, we created a one-month training program called the Growing Health Seminar. Students travel from around the world to our training centre in Kitale, Kenya to learn about growing health.

During the seminar, students learn Organic Bio-Intensive Agriculture, Nutrition and Disease Prevention. They engage in hands-on skill-development, including meal preparation, best practice gardening techniques, and making herbal medicine. Graduates return to their communities to start their own community development projects.

Growing Health Seminar (one month)
Internship Program

This two-year internship program at the Growing Health Institute equips local leaders to go out into communities as trainers, coaching others to grow health using the Thrive model. Graduates — called OATs — work hands-on to create Life Gardens anywhere there is hidden hunger.

Internship Program
Organic Agricultural Trainer

An OAT is an Organic Agricultural Trainer. OATs are educated leaders who create nutritional security through community development projects. Currently, a total of 32 OATs work with Thrive to create and oversee projects in 5 African countries. In order to become an OAT one must complete our two-year internship program.

Organic Agricultural Trainer
Master Training Program

This is the highest level of training (3 years training certificate + practicum). Master Organic Agriculture Trainer’s (MOAT) serve our partner network by resourcing, supporting, overseeing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and leading services through the internal GH Champion. Each MOAT is assigned up to train 18 Growing Health Champions. MOATs conduct 5-day onsite partner training seminars (1x month) and then manage/support Growing Health Champions with monthly day-long workshops.

Master Training Program
Growing Health Champions

Before receiving training, Champions have had a strong background in content material, nutrition and biointensive gardening. The one-month training certifies them as a Champion. They are then qualified to lead changes to community projects within their organization.

Growing Health Champions