Food Security and Urban Farming Internship in Cape Town

  • Internship posted by Roots Interns - Urban Harvest

Hours per week

12 weeks (40 hours per week)



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Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa


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.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Research into eco-education, nutrition, local customs,etc. to contribute to above mentioned tasks.


  • Interest or background in environmental management, biology, sustainability, gardening, community and social development, nutrition, agriculture.
  • Candidates who have proven practical experience in home vegetable gardening or have attended a course in organic gardening/permaculture will be given preference.
  • 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.
  • Nice to have: interest in social enterprise and business development.
  • Bring your own laptop.

You will gain experience in the following main areas

  • Community development
  • Natural food gardening
  • Business development

Main skills that can be developed

  • Natural gardening skills
  • Social skills
  • Community Management skills
  • Coordination skills

About the organization

Urban Harvest is South Africa’s oldest edible garden service providing installation, maintenance and support of organic food gardens in homes, businesses, schools and communities. They make 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 mainstream, store bought foods. Urban Harvest also offers courses and coaching sessions on natural farming. 


  • The internship is based on a voluntary work placement which means you are not receiving any remuneration.
  • For the duration of this internship you are based in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • The start and end dates of this internship are flexible and the internship is available almost during the entire year. The duration of the internship is preferably 12 weeks.
  • During the internship you will be linked to a supervisor/mentor who you will most likely be in daily contact with.
  • Most nationalities can get a 90 day visa upon arrival at the airport, but some other nationalities have to apply in advance for a visa in person with the South African embassy in the United States. Please reserve at least 6-8 weeks of your time to sort out any paperwork and the visa application process. Visa costs are for your own account.
  • Roots Interns can also assist with finding you accommodation in Cape Town, organize airport transfers and will provide you with all support to prepare for your stay and while on the ground. They charge a non refundable placement fee of USD 550 for this. Rental fees for accommodation are for your own account and depend on the duration of your stay and type of room (prices as from USD 413 p/m).

How To Apply

  • If you apply to this internship you will be contacted by Roots Interns as they handle all internship applications for Urban Harvest.
  • Send your CV and motivation to