Riverside Farm Institute began in 1974 when the then owner Dr Foster invited Wildwood Sanitarium and Hospital in the US to send a group of pioneer medical and educational missionaries. Since then there have been American missionaries at Riverside. Riverside is now a multicultural hub represented by volunteer missionaries and workers from three continents and six different countries.
The institute is a supporting ministry working in co-operation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its mission is four-fold: to train, evangelise, serve the community and be self-sustaining. The Institute is a member of two international organisations – Outpost Centers International and Adventist Laymen’s Services & Industries.
Riverside Farm Institute runs the following courses:-
- Scientific gardening
- Tailoring course
- Lifestyle educator course
- Evangelism course
- Nutrition seminar
Except for the nutrition seminar which lasts one week, all programmes are four months courses. Separate dormitories are available for male and female students, and there is a clinic and a library on campus.
Prospective students should apply by completing and submitting an application form. Further details and down-loadable application forms are available on the Riverside Farm Institute website. After applying, qualifying students are informed by letter of their acceptance. A non-refundable deposit of K200,000 secures a study place. The balance of the tuition fees is payable on arrival. Students wishing to study Evangelism or take the Lifestyle Educator course also need a recommendation letter from their pastor or church.
Foreign students should contact the Education department at least four months prior to the start of their chosen course as they will need to apply for a study permit.
Except for the Nutrition Seminar, courses last four months and fees include accommodation, tuition and meals. All fees are subject to change, errors and omissions excepted.
If you have any queries, contact the Education Secretary Mr Mutaka using the contact details on the right. Or download the online application form to submit your application.
From Lusaka, drive south along Kafue Road towards Chirundu. Crossing Kafue River bridge, keep straight for about 500m after the police checkpoint. Turn off to the left at the large Riverside Farm Institute sign. You will reach the gate after 3 kilometres.