Food Security and Urban Farming Internship, Cape Town

FOOD GARDEn and Eco-education to support a healthier and more sustainable way of life for school children

Are you enthusiastic about gardening, fresh food, and nutrition? And keen to think of ways to share your knowledge and improve systems to optimize benefits of gardens for the community? This Food Security and Urban Farming Internship with Urban Harvest might exactly be what you are looking for.

This organization is South Africa’s oldest edible garden service that installs (and maintains) food gardens in homes, businesses, schools, and communities. By helping South Africans to grow their own food, they are supporting a healthier, happier and more sustainable way of life for everyone. This Food Security and Urban Farming Internship will challenge your coordination, social, gardening and community development skills when you work on bringing their food gardens at schools, that are used for eco-education and to provide vegetables for school meals, to the next level.

Cape Town, South Africa
For profit garden service with CSI projects
Food security, urban farming, education
8-12 Weeks
Price on demand

Urban Harvest is South Africa’s oldest edible garden service that provides installation, maintenance, and support of organic food gardens in homes, businesses, schools, and communities. This organization is based in Cape Town and makes it easy for South Africans to grow their own fresh, nutrient-rich and chemical free food and have a great time doing it. By helping South Africans to grow their own food, they are supporting a healthier, happier and more sustainable way of life for everyone. In addition, using an ecological approach to food gardens supports natural systems and helps to cut down on the harmful effects of the packaging, travel miles and chemical pollution created by the mainstream, store-bought foods. Urban Harvest also offers courses and coaching sessions on natural farming.

To date, they have installed and maintained more than 300 beautiful and highly productive food gardens at homes, hotels, restaurants, schools and community projects.


The food gardens at schools are used for eco-education and to provide vegetables for school meals. Urban Harvest is assisted by an intern to manage these gardens. Generally, you will spend your mornings working outside in the gardens, nursery or at the school. The afternoon, you can spend in the office doing research, preparations for workshop, project work, etc.

What you’ll do
  • Evaluate the way of working between school, kitchen, and garden and think of ways to increase school engagement by integrating the garden into the school’s education and food system.
  • Facilitate and develop eco-education workshops/classes for the school to increase the children’s (and teachers’) interest and enthusiasm about gardening, fresh food, and nutrition.
  • Develop new/improved systems and suggestions to optimize the produce and use of the school garden. For example; sales of excess vegetables to parents, teachers, and community instead of letting it go to waste, new meal suggestions with more vegetables but in line with local customs, ways to preserve vegetables and herbs for future use (instead of wasting it).
  • Research into eco-education, nutrition, local customs, etc. to contribute to the above mentioned tasks.
  • All interns will spend a few hours every day working in the garden and nursery, assist with school workshops, help take care of the chickens, and sorting and cleaning the work spaces. as well as making food products that are gifted to clients.

What will you gain from this Internship?

  • Hands-on organic gardening experience in a multitude of different garden situations, mentored by our team of experienced gardeners.
  • Freedom to experiment in the office garden and nursery with interesting food plants and various propagation methods.
  • Organic produce to take home!
  • Free participation in our Organic Food Growing courses.
  • Experience in working with children of differing abilities and from a range of backgrounds.
  • Interest or background in environmental management, biology, sustainability, gardening, community and social development, nutrition, agriculture.
  • Practical experience in home vegetable gardening or have attended a course in organic gardening/permaculture is handy.
  • Interest in contributing to and developing new systems to bring these community projects to the next level.
  • Pro-active and independent worker.
  • Good social skills.
  • Love working with children and people with different backgrounds.
  • Love getting your hands dirty.
  • Nice to have: interest in social enterprise and business development.
  • Bring your own laptop.

You will stay in Observatory, a bohemian suburb known for art galleries, vintage fashion, bars and cafes close to the university. We’re excited to offer a variety of options of single rooms in houses or apartments that you will share with other international students or interns. Based on your preferences, we will send you the options of rooms available. Your monthly rental fee  depends on the size of the room you choose. We’ll always make sure you’re in a comfortable, central, and safe place. Please get in touch to find out what options are available during your preferred period.


You can start your internship with this organization every week. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for a few weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

2020 Rates

Fixed fee USD 550
Accommodation USD 465-800 p/m

At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Cape Town, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.

  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Assistance with finding and booking you accommodation
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • Monthly rental fee
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Cape Town, South Africa
For profit garden service with CSI projects
Food security, urban farming, education
8-12 Weeks
Price on demand

This internship is genuinely so much fun. The gardens are amazing, the kids are curious to learn, and I gain more knowledge about produce and organic farming every day. On a personal note, I love seeing the direct impact that I have in my role because the company is small. They say it only takes one seed to make a difference, and it brings me so much joy to feel like I get to be a seed here!

Vera, United StatesFood Security and Urban Farming Internship, Cape Town
  • Hands-on organic gardening experience mentored by a team of experienced gardeners
  • Freedom to experiment in the office garden and nursery with interesting food plants and various propagation methods
  • Work with children of differing abilities and from a range of backgrounds
  • Organic produce to take home
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the most stunning cities in the world.
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
(excl. accommodation)

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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