Welcome to SEED

SEED works to grow personal, household and community resilience, and prepare youth for work in the local green economy.

At the heart of our work is permaculture; an optimistic tool for designing low-carbon, highly productive human and environmental systems. 

At the Rocklands Abundance Center in Mitchell's Plein, Cape Town, we envisage a transformed Cape Flats where young people are inspired and empowered to create thriving and resilient communities. We focus on abundant food systems, appropriate technologies, social innovation, supporting local entrepreneurship and transformative education.

We offer resilience education training programs for youth & adults. We deliver the Outdoor Classroom Program at Rocklands Primary and offer a range of Permaculture text books to support education programs at schools.

Grow your own resilience by learning to grow vegetables with SEEDs Easy Peasy Seedlings and become part of the solution through changing your own behaviour.

Become part of the solution, we can do this together!

Read more about SEED's History.

Resilience Training through Permaculture

Our Resilience Training has been piloted over five years, with five intakes of students, graduating 100 youth per year.

We track the changes with students as a result of the course and also the impact they have in the world – in terms of changed behavior and the work they do in the green economy. 

The programs blends personal development support with technical permaculture training with low-cost resilience techniques, and equips individuals with hard and soft skills that promote greater levels of self-knowledge and behaviour change. 

The results is higher levels of personal resilience and wellbeing.

2023 Permaculture courses

Seeding Futuresis a 12-week accredited skills program that builds resilience skills in un- and under-employed youth, while connecting them to livelihood opportunities in the local green economy.

Alumni Ignite

SEED believes in long-term relationships with our graduates and all graduates are welcomed into the alumni network which shares information and opportunities.

The following workshops are facilitated to grow the capacity of our alumni...

Video - About SEED and the Work...

  • “This course has made me into an asset to the green economy. I got a job after the course, through the Job Shadow.”

  • “The course transformed my life. Before the course I had no idea where I was going in life. I had no idea that I could be in full control of my emotions.”

  • “This course has broadened my perspective and approach to life. I am equipped with valuable skills and knowledge that can benefit me and my children’s children.”

  • “SEEDS APT and Resilience Course had an unexpectedly profound experience on my life. It bought about change and growth in several aspects that had become stagnant from my business and income opportunities to my personal life. It motivated me to interact with my community and to build stronger relationships. I feel more hopeful and capable. I believe that I have purpose and value and something positive to contribute to my community.”

  • “I am now growing my own vegetables and medicine and cooking outside using a rocket stove. I started a water system and a food system and implemented it in my community.”

  • I am more sensitive to my emotions and other people’s feelings and my relationships have more meaning. I am now a calm person and I can talk about my feelings or something I don’t like without getting angry.”

VIDEO - My Journey with SEED, from depression to purpose, through Permaculture.

Grow your own Vegetables

Easy Peasy Seedling Trays.

After hibernating for the summer we are back!

This time round we are going to keep it really simple.

We've designed four seasonal plant-ups of 48 seedlings each. These can be pre-ordered online and are either delivered to pick up points in Noordhoek and Newlands and also available for collection from Rocklands Abundance Centre in Mitchells Plain.

We look forward to helping you grow delicious food at home – the Easy Peasy way.

Rocklands Abundance Center

Based at Rocklands Primary in Mitchells Plain, the Rocklands Abundance Centre is our Campus and also serves as resilience hub that aims to inspire and equip a broad base of people to grow their own resilience, with a focus on food and jobs.

We are busy building a local food system that includes a nursery, food garden, a café and compost systems.

We aim to make the experience of learning about our food system and then enjoying a garden-based meal at our café which opens in Spring 2022.

The aim is to show the simple satisfaction of growing and eating your own food and how easy this is.

VIDEO - SEED Café, feeding people on R30 a day.

Permaculture Texbooks, Free Downloads.

SEED has created a range of digital text books to download for free, to help you and your students on the permaculture journey.

Printed Permaculture Textbooks

Old-school printed books to help you and your students on the permaculture journey.

Support our Work

Ways you can help...

SEED Annual Reports

SEED Merch.

Stand out for the green revolution!

History of SEED

Read more about SEED's History from 1998 until now.