leighLeigh Brown has pioneered the work of SEED from a small pilot into a national program and is now growing the innovative work for the replicable model of  Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre. She works with unswerving determination and commitment with what feels more like a life calling than a job.

mickyMicky van der Hoeven is facilitating the Mitchells Plain Food Freedom Program and supporting 100 local home gardeners. He brings a field of experience based on firm ethical and sustainable practices. He is driven by the goal of developing this new culture of ecological intelligence and growing local resilience in homes in Mitchells Plain.

yoliYoliswa Mahobe is facilitating the Rocklands tours as well as the schools program, Yoli is also being groomed as the Assessor for the Accredited Permaculture Training. Yoli has been with SEED for five years and has grown through mentoring and education.

sean andrewSean Andrew joined the SEED team to hold and drive the Gourmet Mushroom Enterprise. This is SEED’s first community enterprise project, and aims at localising food production, equipping individuals in transitioning from consumers to producers, as well as reinforcing community cohesion through interdependent enterprise opportunities. Sean arrives at SEED with a background in sustainable development, environmental communication, and permaculture and has a continual desire to co-create so that we may shift societal norms at a personal and systems’ level.

bhekiBheki Khumalo is growing with the Mushroom Project. He has learned how to grow mushrooms as well as many other skills like commitment, ownership. Bheki is committed to making the mushroom project a resounding success.

shannonShannon Coert is totally committed to growing the Mushroom Project. She has found her strength and the income has changed her life for the better.

brian is the white guyBrian Joffin is our Biodynamic farmer at Rocklands. We have watched how he helps to turn sand dunes into abundant and beautiful food gardens through rotation, preparations. We look forward to the development of the cow pat pit.

khululeKhulule Toni is SEEDs experienced and committed gardener and works closely with Brian. Toni has magic in his fingers.
alexAlex Kruger has taught Design Courses, managed community projects and worked extensively in South Africa. Alex is lead facilitator on the Accredited Permaculture Training and Internship that pilots this year.
calvinCalvin Diaz has cut his teeth in the Outdoor Classroom National Program in Johannesburg and Limpopo and is now stepping into the Co-facilitator roll for the Accredited Permaculture Training and Internship.
philippaPhilippa Mallac believes in living the dream of a simple, abundant, creative, sustainable, diverse and healthy life. She is a bee keeper and committed seed saver. Philippa is mentoring the seed garden and bank at Rocklands Urban Abundance Center.
taniaTania Jacobs has been mentored as the seed bank intern and is committed to growing her knowledge as well as the seed bank.


Rob Small in NY office with ma Bokolo by Mark Fox of Activist 2011Rob Small is a father to four and has been involved in Development in South Africa for 32 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge, support and is a firm believer in SEED.

kevin pretoriusKevin Pretorius has been active in the under-resourced South African schooling system for 30 years and is the principal of Rocklands Primary. He is passionate about giving children the best chance at a good life and thinks that we should have gardens in schools rather than schools in gardens.

devonDevon Pather has a background in financial markets and a broad perspective of development issues gained from his experience in designing, funding and implementing socio-economic development projects over a number of years. Devon holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Macquarie University, Australia, a Masters of Business Administration from Wits Business School and Stern Business School, NYU and a Certificate in Practical Microfinance.

Special Advisors

Tamzin RactliffeTamzin Ractliffe founded the first social stock exchange board in the world and is qualified in Applied Psychology and Commerce, she worked as a financial analyst as well as in venture capital and investment banking before dedicating her focus to using markets for greater social good. Tamzin is supporting the rollout of SEEDs enterprises linked to the Accredited Youth for Green Economy Program.

robinaRobina McCurdy birthed the original SEED pilot in 1998. She continues to be a strong supporter of SEEDs work – particularly bringing in the creative teaching edge.


Stanford.logo Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Study Programme in Cape Town brings Stanford students to Cape Town to engage in a rigorous academic programme and service-learning placement. We deeply value our partnership with SEED and the opportunity we have to place our students in service-learning positions at the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre.
CPUT The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is collaborating with SEED at Rocklands. Various departments of the Faculty of Informatics and Design, including Architectural Technology, Industrial Design and Film and Video Technology will work together to develop learning opportunities in sustainable suburban living.
uct knowledgeLOGO The UCT Knowledge Co-op aims to make it easier for community partners to access UCT’s skills, resources and professional expertise. It helps initiate collaborative projects that address concerns of community groups by linking them with appropriately qualified staff and/or students at UCT. We are working together on various research projects where students and/or academics from UCT work closely with SEED staff on issues SEED has raised –learning a lot while producing something useful for the PBO.
_Innovation_pdf & Innovate is working with SEED to develop the business models and go to market strategies across 4 projects within SEED. The process includes: Business Modeling workshop, Go to market, Bi monthly progress reviews and ongoing advice.
New Impact Trust Logo 400x115 The Impact Trust is a public benefit organisation dedicated to growing the impact investing ecosystem to realize innovative social and environmental solutions to developmental challenges. This partnership involves setting up the first green enterprise incubator and refining the business model as well as a scan for enterprise possibility
Druck SAGENetis a collaborative platform of South African and German organisations who promote sustainable and social development in both countries. They facilitate program that promote intercultural learning, personal growth and professional exchange as well as global learning. SEED enjoys the input of SAGENet volunteers every year.
Henley logo 2014 Henley Business School UK (University of Reading) have committed to actively engage with South African Civil Society by bringing their MBA and Executive MBAs to Cape Town to undertake an action learning project that brings real benefit to Cape Town Based Non-Profit Organisations (NPO). Henley are working on SEEDs reputation and communication of the bigger vision to our funders. Vital work!
mesh Meshfield is a consultancy/research lab that delivers innovation for financial, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, in companies, organisations and communities. Our aim is to inspire and support healthy human creativity; seeding and supporting whole-systems, regenerative design solutions for life to thrive on earth. Meshfild and SEED are doing an exchange – with Meshfield supporting the integration of Holocracy into our internal communications and SEED supporting the development of an urban Permaculture model in the Bo-Kaap.