Join The Seeding Futures Programme

 Applications close 6 July 2017

“During the PDC and internship I had the privilege of healing the wounds from my battles while I watched my fellow students fight their giants. Dire conditions and meager supplied we marched forth. The Farmy Army. Some students found it difficult to make it to classes at times due to financial and social constraints and yet their dedication to their studies was immovable.  The NGO, Seed, that administrates the course brought the same level of commitment to their students offering support on many levels. The little known NGO’s venues in Mitchell’s Plain,  Cape Town,  is where the students spent the greater part of 6 months undergoing facilitation and changing the world as they went along.

As the course progressed the students formed a bond. We each became aware of the binding factor. We all had seen the harsh reality of what this world is like, however we still believe it’s worth saving. I was blessed to spend so much time with people devoted to planting gardens to feed and bring healing to people who will never even know they were there, who would never be able to repay them in any way.

The facilitators training methods where flawless when executed in line with each individual students progression. Another forward thinking initiative was the injection of the students into the green and alternative realms through a 3 week job shadowing opportunity. As a pilot and first of it’s kind in South Africa it was a success. Meeting the families, co workers, network of businesses, attending events one quickly becomes aware of a caring community the world refers to these people as alternative/hippies. I see only heroes because when these men and woman hold up a placard in protest they do it for everyones prosperity not just their own.”

Saudiq Jamodien, Graduate 2014
“The Accredited Permaculture Course has given me a good all-round knowledge in designing and implementing systems that make people happy and keep their tummies full. Permaculture can solve the worlds problems. I feel capable and committed after this course. I am now working at Springdale Primary as a gardner.”
Arthur Stanley Booysen, Graduate 2012

Seeding Futures Programme

The SEEDing Futures Programme is a six-month skills training course that equips township youth with climate resilience skills to harness opportunities in the Green Economy.

Who can apply

The programme is designed for un or underemployed township youth interested in the environment and the positive action they can take to transform their homes and neighbourhoods.

This training is limited to 25 participants, with full bursaries as well as a monthly stipend available to qualifying candidates.

The Programme

This accredited skills training connects youth to employment, grows eco-preneurs and builds climate resilience in township neighbourhoods.

Accredited Permaculture Training

In the first month of training, students complete Accredited Permaculture Training (APT), specialising in the design, implementation and management of systems.

The course consists of the following AGRISETA unit standards:
116221 – Identify and apply permaculture principles.
116279 – Implement a permaculture site design
Successful participants will be awarded a SETA Statement as well as and internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

Additionally the following modules are included:
• Personal Resilience
• Household Resilience
• Neighbourhood Resilience
• Organic Production
• Enterprise Development

Specialising in the Green Economy

Students then complete a 20-week hands-on internship. The training covers 9 different modules, from urban landscaping to organic food production, while job shadowing gives students hands-on experience in the Green Economy;  both helping students to secure future employment.

Personal Development

As participants are often exposed to daily traumas that inhibit their chance of personal success, we have weaved personal development throughout the Seeding Futures Programme. We also include a focus on personal resilience and food security to ensure our students are set up for success in class and at home.


We aim to equip our students with the skills they need to secure employment, further education, or to start their own eco-enterprise.

Our Success So Far

To date we have facilitated five trainings and graduated 98 township youth with:

  • 70% of participants employed into green jobs
  • 89% of participants are still growing their own food
  • 3 youth-led enterprises incubated and launched

The programme will run at Rocklands Abundance Centre, Rocklands Primary School, Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plain.

Please download the application form here, or contact, 021 391 5316



Youth & Green Economy

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