Felbridge Medical Cannabis

Felbridge Medical Cannabis

The Zetler family has farmed in the Stellenbosch region for generations, with their primary business being greenhouse strawberry and hydroponic sweet pepper production. Given their strong cultivation background, they decided to expand into medical cannabis – and partnered with Vegtech Netafim on an exciting new project.



Western Cape, South Africa



Crop Type

Medical Cannabis


1.4 hectares

Project summary

In 2019, Felbridge was granted permission for a 14 000 m² facility in Stellenbosch, with their licence allowing for the cultivation, import and export of medical cannabis. They brought us on board as their greenhouse partner for this pioneering project that presented several challenges. Not only would medical cannabis be a new crop for the region with many unknowns, we would also be working within existing infrastructure on a confined site.

What we did

In 2020, we began upgrading 8 000 m² of existing Vegtech Netafim structures and designed and built a new 6 000 m² facility to allow for year-round medical cannabis production. The project was completed on a turnkey basis and included the following elements to give the growers ultimate flexibility and ensure flowering throughout the year:

  • Efficient cooling, heating and ventilation systems
  • Rolling benches
  • Precision irrigation and fertigation systems 
  • Blackout screens and supplemental lighting
Leslie Zetler – CEO, Felbridge Medical Cannabis

“There are many factors contributing to the success of our Felbridge project and our goal to be the leading provider of cannabis and hemp starting materials on the African continent with the ability to ship our products into global markets.

Our greenhouse project, supplied by Vegtech Netafim, has provided us with the platform on which to build our story and reach our goals, and we will continue to execute on our project plan and grow the local industry in a safe and responsible manner.”

Leslie Zetler – CEO, Felbridge Medical Cannabis
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