Germaine Staley
Urban Agriculture and Sustainability consultant
Pete Staley
Permaculture Designer

After 22 years of service in the Royal Navy, Pete found himself on a journey of rediscovery. During this journey he discovered his passion for growing food and ultimately reinvented himself from Electrical Engineer to Urban Farmer.


His journey of discovery also led him down the path of natural building which resulted in him completing a course in Earthship building through the Brighton Permaculture Trust in England. 


After spending some time as a founding member of the eco community for the Eco Island project on the Isle of Wight in England, Pete and his family travelled to the South of France where they helped to establish an eco co-housing project. 

Pete has since relocated to South Africa with his family where he has spent time collaborating with community upliftment projects that deal with urban agriculture and youth education programmes. 


Pete is a qualified Permaculture Designer and founder of the Permaculture Research Centre Cape Town where he teaches permaculture and other courses such as Urban Farming, Aquaponics, GeoDome construction, Medical Cannabis and many others 

Germaine spent a few years travelling abroad where she engrossed herself in the eco movement. She was one of the founding members of the eco community for the Eco Island project on the Isle of Wight in England and also a founding member of an eco co-housing project in the South of France. 


Her passion is urban agriculture and after completing a Design for Sustainability course through the University of Catalunya, Germaine relocated back to South Africa in order to share her knowledge with  communities which are most in need of re-learning how to sustain themselves. 


Germaine is passionate about integrating holistic, ecological systems into the urban environment so that more of a balance with nature can be re-established. It is with this ethos that she founded GROW:labs, an educational plug-and-play solution for schools and community upliftment projects, in order to educate the youth about the importance of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share, which are the 3 fundamental ethics of Permaculture

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