SEED visions a transformed Cape Flats region, where social, environmental and economic change is driven by youth who are skilled in thinking and acting for the greater good.
SEED’s mission is to contribute to greater city-wide resilience by unlocking youth potential through personal development and permaculture workshops and preparing them for work opportunities in Cape Town's local green economy.
OurTheory of Changefocusseson change at an individual level. We believe it is capacitated andcommitted individuals that change the world.
Our work is guided by the Permaculture principles: People Care, Earth Care, and Surplus Share. We are systems-aware and believe in collaboration and adaptive learning. We also believe that working with youth is a strategic change lever.
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.
Although we work a lot with gardens, we believe that change happens through people – it is capacitated people that make lasting change.
Our work is guided by the Permaculture principles: People Care, Earth Care and Surplus Share. We are systems-aware and believe in collaboration and adaptive learning. We also believe that working with youth is a strategic change lever.
SEED operates from Rocklands Abundance Centre, in Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats outside of Cape Town. Here we run a resilience training centre and local food resilience education hub.
Since 2000, SEED has been active pioneering and perfecting Outdoor Classrooms in South Africa. We grew up in the Cape Flats school environment, where we worked alongside teachers, making sense of the new OBE and then CAPS curriculum.
This resulted in a number of textbooks, trainings and ultimately the three-year Outdoor Classroom Program which started in the Cape Flats and was rolled out nationally between2009 and 2012. This program worked with teachers to bring the curriculum alive outside. We worked at creating an outdoor teaching space with relevant permaculture systems and food gardens.
The Seeding Futures Resilience Training evolved out of direct requests from young people leaving our schools programs and realising that they wanted to work in jobs that heal people and the planet.
We piloted this training over five years and we are now busy in Phase II– where we work with 100 youth per year for three years, with thorough Monitoring & Evaluation systems to catch where the magic happens and poise this program to reach greater impact.
Sincethe onset of the pandemic in 2020, the importance of resilienceeducation and the crucial need for broad-based resilience traininghas become apparent. As Permaculturists, we have been anticipatingplanning for a disturbance of this kind for years. Webelieve we need to take hold of the opportunity to redesign communityliving systems now. We are finding that our work is more relevantthan ever.
As we begin to deal with the landing impacts of climate change, it is within our power to launch the regeneration of resilient economies that will hold us all through these times.