One Seed
Starts A Forest

SEED is an award-winning public benefit organisation that contributes to Cape Town’s resilience through awakening the potential of our unemployed township youth; connecting them to their strengths, the positive resilience action they can take in their lives and also to green jobs.

About Us

Based at Rocklands Urban Abundance in Mitchells Plain, our work places youth at the centre of environmental sustainability. We believe that by connecting youth to the environment and equipping them with the know-how to harness the opportunities in the Green Economy, we grow our communities, cities and country resilience.

Since 2000, SEED has pioneered the growing of Outdoor Classroom in under resourced schools in South Africa, growing ecological literacy in schools, as well as organic food for school goers and the communities in which they are situated. As we’ve become more connected with communities, we’ve developed our service offerings responsively.

In 2012, we launched the first iteration of Seeding Futures and have since graduated 5 intakes of youth and streamlined the learning program. We are proud of our 98 Alumni, with 10 Alumni active in the current intake of the program (facilitators, administrators, speakers, caterers and enterprise leads) who have collectively launched 4 eco-enterprises and educated a further 1230 people in personal resilience practice.

We take pride in working with urban township youth who have typically been excluded from accessing further education or employment due to low-levels of education.

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Meet Our Team

Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown is the Visionary Director and has been growing, holding SEED since 2000, steering it through the transition towards social enterprise. Practiced in strategic visioning, fundraising  and driving multiple initiatives as well as sustainability and financial oversight.

Janet Cronje

Janet Cronje has worked across a range of sectors from trade promotion to setting up school libraries in low-resource neighbourhoods and now finds herself working on systems and management of Seeding Futures and Mitchells Plain Food Freedom.

Gail Bailey

Gail Bailey lives in Rocklands and found her passion for gardening as a member of Mitchells’ Plain Food Freedom. Gail administers Food Freedom and is supporting the Easy Peasy Trays as well as the Exotic Mushroom Enterprises.

Alex Kruger

Alex Kruger has 20 years experience in facilitating Permaculture Design Courses, writing learning material and managing community projects and has worked extensively in South Africa. Alex has worked with SEED since 2004 and now able fills the role of Lead Facilitator of the Seeding Futures program.

Mzukisi Zele

Mzukisi Zele first joined SEED in 2004 and an incredibly knowledgable and experienced facilitator. Mzu works as Co Facilitator of Seeding Futures and teaches the Introduction to Food Freedom workshops for Mitchells Plain Food Freedom.

Rozelle Meyer

Rozelle Meyer is a Seeding Futures Alumni who now teaches health and nutrition and caters for the Seeding Futures program. Rose is an experienced gardener, facilitator with a special love for working with children.

Nyaniso Matwa

Nyaniso Matwa has 18 years of working in Cape Flats urban agriculture and taught by Dave Golding, Nyaniso is now jointly running the Market Garden Enterprise.

Calvin Dias

Calvin Dias is a facilitator the Seeding Futures Programme with a focus on household and resilience design. Calvin cut his teeth in the SEEDs Schools Programme in Johannesburg and Limpopo and is experienced in Personal Development and Transformation.

Andile Dube

Andile Dube is a facilitator, entrepreneur and a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2016. Andile is Facilitating the Enterprise Module of Seeding Futures Program.

Bridget Impey

Bridget Impey has extensive experience in social enterprise and growing small farmers and a genius for production planning. Bridget is now focussed on growing SEED Enterprise with a focus on Exotic Mushrooms, the Resilience Trays as well as the Market Garden.

Tania Jacobs

Tania Jacobs has a vision to set up sustainable seed banks across the Cape Flats. Tania is a Seeing Futures Alumno and SeedEO of the Seed Bank as well as the Resilience Trays Enterprise and also teaching seed saving in the Organic Production module of the Seeding Futures program.

Saudiq Jamodien

Saudiq graduated from Seeding Futures in 2014 and has spent time running the Food Freedom Climate Adaption program while developing his own line of cosmetics and growing gourmet mushrooms on the side. This year he graces us with his presence as Seeding Futures Manager.

Jemima Spring

Jemima is inspired not only by the story of SEED as an organization but the people whose stories are woven into SEEDs story. She is growing Sea-Change Media and working with SEED to produce videos that support and highlight their various initiatives an enterprises.

Caryl Symes

Calli has extensive experience as a Graphic Designer in South Africa and abroad
been roped in as our fantastic designer – and she has been working completely Pro Bono. Big Gratitude for sharing your talent and time with us.

Our Interim Board

Justin Maxwell

Justin consults and coaches individuals and groups towards competency and fulfilment. He has 20+ years of engaging in the NGO sector, and now includes business management clients. He is currently implementing an action research community development social enterprise in Muizenberg, South Africa.

Lisa van Dongen

Lisa is a freelance consultant whose experience involves helping teams that work with community stakeholders become more strategic in how they relate. This involves defining a vision and associated objectives and then building management and governance systems to support the application of this strategy. 

Glen Tyler

Glen has a close connection with SEED, having worked for the organisation between 2004 and 2005. He has worked for various environmental organisations, currently working with to build a movement to fight climate change in South Africa. 

Our Partners

Mushroom Guru

Mushroom Guru works at mindfully cultivating possibilities inspired by fungi and are partnering SEED on the Exotic Mushrooms Enterprise.


JAG creates digital performance marketing solutions that impact on their profitability. They value their integrity and work hard to give back to their people. They are assisting SEED Enterprise with business advice as they see great potential and believe they can have a sustainable impact.


The Confidant group are partners on the Seeding Futures Programme, empowering participating youth through The Predictive Index, which helps them to understand their strengths and where they work best. This grows self-knowledge and confidence and greatly aids employment that lasts.

Guerilla House

Guerilla House Imraan Samuels and Josh are Seeding Futures Alumni who went on to form Guerilla House upon graduation. They now ably facilitate the Seeding Futures module on Household Resilience.


Eduwrite has over 30 years’ experience working with the formal SAQA/QCTO Landscape. Their Core business is educational publishing. We have an interest in deep community development, youth development, transformation, and individual and community wellness. Eduwrite partners with SEED’s Seeding Futures.


Amy Solomons has been an Astar Facilitator for 12 years, she is deeply committed to development, education, creativity and social justice. Andile Vokozela has been teaching art as a healing tool for three years. Amy and Andile are facilitating the Art Transformation process that begins in the Personal Resilience module and then run though culminating in the graduation.


Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre
Cnr Park Ave & Capricorn Way
Rocklands, Mitchells Plain
Cape Town

+27 (0) 21 391 5316