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SCD's primary Initiative at present is the development of the Rosendal Permaculture Research Institute at Waaipoort Farm in the Free State



Sustainable Community Development (SCD) is a Social Enterprise, Section 21, Non-profit company (NPC).
It raises funds for its operating divisions to further their aim of providing  a best practice model for a bio-regional and resource based economy, which offers experiential training and consulting in Permaculture and agro-cological farming for the benefit of farmers, communities and individuals.

Agroecology, a proven alternative to large-scale agrochemical monocultures, plays a significant role in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the weather extremes they have created. Restorative agriculture has become a necessity for the future of soil, water security and to achieve food sovereignty. 

SCD was formed by a group of individuals who are specialists in their respective fields and share a common vision to make a difference through applying Permaculture design methodologies.

After several years of planning, SCD formed the Rosendal Permaculture Research Institute (RPRI).
On a long term lease they have secured Waaipoort farm on which to operate the PRI Master Site for research, demonstration and education purposes. This Master Site is developed by the volunteers and farm dwellers, who have formed an intentional community and called themselves Rosendal Intentional Community (RIC).

Presently the group comprises of five people who have relocated to Waaipoort, a 120 hectare farm (8 km distance from Mautse and Rosendal in the Free State) where they have commenced work in developing the best practice model of a working Permaculture farm.
Immediate income is derived from continuous training and consulting which has been formalised under the arm called Permaculture Education and Consulting (PEC) which donates its proceeds to RPRI which is also a registered NPC. Members of the community are sustained by RPRI. The combined intellectual capital and passion of the group forms the basis for a meaningful outcomes focused venture in sustainability.



To be an umbrella organisation to support best practice models in the environmental, social and economic realms of human life in this Biosphere and to pass this acquired knowledge on to others and to future generations.

The purpose of Sustainable Community Development is to enable working models of sustainability to be created in communities throughout South Africa.

This is achieved through agro-ecological farming, relevant building technologies and energy supplies, experiential learning, supporting artists and artisans, teaching all aspects of Permaculture Design and through these developing sustainable bioregional economies.

Its intention is to raise funding for the design and construction of these models for educating and equipping of communities to help bring contemporary life to these intentions, for research and development in sustainability and restoration and to publish findings and manuals.

SCD will be the umbrella of other activities such as education and consultancy.