Every year we happily donate bulk seed and thousands of packets to local organizations and those around the country who are doing great work and rely upon donations to keep their gardens growing. About the most satisfying thing to do is to fill a box with seeds and send it on its way! Many of these organizations are working with kids in school gardens, veterans, immigrants, and those among us who may have otherwise fallen through the cracks. We’d like to think that reconnecting individuals with place, reinvigorating a sense of purpose and wonder, and the plain fun of watching a plant grow and then eating it can start with one small seed. You can learn more about the great organizations we donate to by following the links to find how you can contribute or simply marvel at all the good things happening in your community!
-Please note that this page is being updated and there will be more links coming-
- -Whatcom School Garden Collective: Whatcom County, WA. A new project of 19 school gardens spearheaded by the good folks at Common Threads Farm.
- - Local Food Works: Whatcom County, WA. Distributing baskets of seeds and supplies to encourage families in the foothills area to grow their own gardens as well as share their bounty with local food distribution centers.
- -Bellingham Food Bank: Bellingham, WA- BFB Garden project builds raised gardens with participants eligible for food assistance and provides seeds, starts, and a garden mentor to get folks growing and eating their own vegies! The Food Bank also has a progressive local food program partnering with local growers to contract for high quality fresh organic produce.
- - Community to Community Development: Bellingham, WA: Bellingham based ecofeminist and social justice organization led by women of color whose knowledge comes from real life experiences. Their work is focused on, "creating movement towards the creation of communities that: empower under-represented peoples to have an equal voice in decision making processes that affect their lives; develop and strengthen cross cultural awareness; restore justice to our food, land and cultural practices, promote community relationships towards self reliance and stand in solidarity with organizations working for human and civil rights."
- -Animals as Natural Therapy: Bellingham, WA: We met Sonja, the director and founder of ANT, many years ago and knew at once that she was an incredible human being. ANT "offers healing programs based on the knowledge that animals can teach humans important life skills: respect for self and others, trust-building, and clear communication." They serve young people, elders, and veterans in a variety of programs both on farm and mobile.
- -Anacortes Community Gardens: An organization that collects seeds to distribute to community and school gardens in Anacortes, Skagit Valley, and Fidalgo Island.
- -Seattle PPatch
- -Ferndale friendship community garden: Gloria Perez: Ferndale, WA: A community garden that grows food for the food bank and also has 25 family plots and a hoop house so famiies can grow their own food.
- -Pierce Conservation Distric, Share the HarvestProgram, Puyallup, WA
- -Beacon Hill Food Forest: Beacon Food Forest is a public permaculture project which promotes food justice by sharing organically grown food and empowering information. We are currently a 2.75-acre permaculture food forest and annual giving garden, located on public land in the heart of urban Seattle. We feed and teach thousands of visitors and neighbors every
year, and host educational events which promote sustainability, empowering community, art, and good food. Our annual giving garden is in the shape of a huge double-helix - a strand of DNA - to remind us
that we are all in this together. It is planted and maintained by volunteers and open to the public to glean from during the growing season; it is also harvested for the local food bank and we host "Free Food" giveaway days when many locals come to get bag of fresh vegetables. We are located in close proximity to low-income housing, and many visitors to the food forest are new immigrants with not many
resources Some of them are very hungry because they do not have the paperwork necessary to get food stamps or visit a food bank. We plant a wide varieties of food and medicine that are culturally appropriate, and learn traditional farming techniques from all over the world.
- International Rescue Committee, Seattle, "New Roots" Program: The IRC’s New Roots program focuses on food access and the nutritional needs of families upon arrival in the U.S., and builds on the agricultural experience of many new refugee and immigrant families by providing access to land, materials, and education for program participants to grow healthy food.