SEED is growing outdoor classrooms for the future: Green Route

SEED is one of the eco-NPOs supported by Green Route ZA. During the coronavirus lockdown they are unable to continue training but the innovative Easy Peasy seedling trays are still available.

This is such a great initiative from NPO SEED: Easy Peasy seedling trays for April are ready for planting and are now available in the following neighbourhoods in Cape Town:

Easy Peasy seedling trays from eco-NPO SEED.

Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Glencairn, Muizenberg, Constantia, Wynberg, Kenilworth, Newlands, Hout Bay.

Just email to enquire about ordering a tray of 24 mixed seasonal seedlings ready for planting. Or you can order and pay for your seedlings online at SEED.

S is for SEED

SEED was established in 2000 and has spent the last 14 years pioneering the work of growing Outdoor Classrooms, for delivering the curriculum and food security, in under resourced schools. The programme started in the Cape Flats and has been implemented nationally between 2009-2012. The programme impacted thousands of teachers, learners and school communities.

From direct requests from learners in our school program SEED is now facilitating the Seeding Futures Climate Action Youth Program from Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats.

Seeding Futures deals with Youth Unemployment and Climate change. SEED believes that the fact that there are 400,000 unemployed youth in the Cape Flats and that we have a lot of work to do in building Climate Resilience in our communities offers us an incredible opportunity to grow meaningful restorative work for youth. This transforms our communities from within. The programme also stimulates the local green economy and poises graduates to take up work and generate enterprises.

Seeding Futures is 15-week Accredited skills programme that builds resilience skills in un- and under-employed youth while connecting them to livelihood opportunities in the local green economy.

Through the programme, youth learn Permaculture design skills and then apply them at a household and neighbourhood level; implementing 48 climate change retrofits in Mitchells Plain homes and designing and implementing 48 climate resilience street systems that include social rocket oven cooking spaces, aquifer regeneration, community enterprises and medicinal gardens, recycling depots and compost systems.

We are currently working with 300 unemployed Cape Flats youth over three years and set the training up for national impact and long term funding sustainability, through accessing the SETA funding.


The programme transforms the lives of unemployed youth – giving them hope, direction, equipping them with the skills and will to create positive lives for themselves. This growth in esteem means that graduates know their gifts and look for work that suits them.

SEED works with young people, equipping them for climate resilience. Photo: Louise Gilbert

The programme equips and inspired youth to set themselves (homes and neighborhoods) for climate resilience. This covers everything from food, medicine, energy, cooling, water, waste and fuel. Graduating youth have the skills to design resilience systems in a range of contexts. With youth unemployment at 60.2% we believe it is a human right for our young people to be able to look after themselves. 89% of graduates practice long-term resilience in their homes and communities.

The programme connects student to real life work experience and connects them to employment and enterprise opportunities. Importantly it also boosts the local green economy with 16 000 free human hours per year through the job shadows and also provides businesses with capacitated and committed employees to draw from.

The programme impacts on the climate resilience of Mitchells Plain. This happens through students applying their learned Permaculture design skills to facilitate participatory design processed and then implement resilience systems in 16 homes and 16 streets per year. Climate Change impacts are already landing, as seen in the water crises of 2018, predictions are for increased temperatures and fires and an increasingly unstable climate that will impact our food systems.

The SEED team. Photo: Louise Gilbert

The programme builds climate resilience in under resources people and communities. The systemic injustice and power inequalities in South Africa means that Climate change hits the most vulnerable people first. With few resources to grow the resilience needed to survive (let alone thrive) the shocks and stresses as they land. Already 69% of people in these low-income communities live below the food poverty line (which means people go to bed hungry).

The programme has the potential to fundamentally transform whole communities from within.  Growing ecological resilience, food and energy security, incubating local enterprises that grow local livelihoods and growing social cohesion through connecting people to each other and growing a shared vision.

The programme has the potential to grow into an alternative Matric. Allowing the 50% of each Matric cohort that drops out to complete their education and go on to be productive and inspired members of society.

SEED founder Leigh Brown shares her Green Route in Cape Town



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Published by Melanie Farrell

Founder of Green Route ZA - the path to eco-conscious living. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

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