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!
-2017 Donations are now complete-
- 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.
- 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: Seattle, WA. Beacon Food Forest is a public permaculture project which promotes food justice by sharing organically grown food and empowering information. Currently a 2.75-acre permaculture food forest and annual giving garden, located on public land in the heart of urban Seattle, they feed and teach thousands of visitors and neighbors every year, and host educational events which promote sustainability, empowering community, art, and good food. Their 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 there are "Free Food" giveaway days when many locals come to get bag of fresh vegetables. Located in close proximity to low-income housing, 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. A wide variety of food and medicine that are culturally appropriate are planted here, and traditional farming techniques from all over the world are shared.
- International Rescue Committee, Seattle, "New Roots" Program: Seattle, WA. 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.
- The Next Door, Raices Cooperative Farm: The Next Door has over two dozen programs that support and empower people in 5 Oregon counties and 2 Washington counties. Their focus is helping people build skills for loving relationships and healthy lives through an impressive number of health, family, and economic programs and trainings. Raices Cooperative Farm (one of their economic developement services) offers free classes and workshops on both Organic Agriculture and Small Business Developement focusing on sharing skills, knowledge, and land with those who do not have garden space as well as schools and other groups to conduct educational activities and service learning.
- Coffee Creek Garden at Oregon State Prison for Women: Promotes healthy eating, education, mindfulness and environmental action to create a healthier environment inside and outside the prison. They are supported by volunteers, community partners and funding from Toyota Together Green/Audubon and a Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Access Grant. The Oregon Food Bank provides their Seed to Supper curriculum which is offered to 40 incarcerated women each summer in the Coffee Creek Garden. This 5 week class is taught by community volunteers and the team of incarcerated women who work full time in the prison garden program. Ecopsychology interns from Lewis & Clark College work with Coffee Creek Garden participants to provide tools for improving communication and teamwork, and activities that will be helpful upon release for wellness and as healthy shared activities with family. Portland State University Students provide volunteer hours in the prison garden and sustainability related curriculum for garden classes at Coffee Creek.
- Soil Born Farms: Sacramento, CA. An urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local organic food system, emphasizing the celebration of cultual diversity and food access for those in underserved communities. This includes farmer and gardener training, youth camps, teacher training, cooking demos, and a gleaning program.
- L'ARCHE Farm and Gardens: Tacoma, WA. (IN HONOR OF AUNT JUDY) Strives to offer a safe and welcoming environment that provides meaningful farm and garden work to persons with developmental disabilities. The Farm is a collaborative setting in which people with a diversity of gifts and abilities work toward common goals. Each farm worker, whether core member, assistant or volunteer is affirmed in his or her dignity, selfworth and connection to life.
- GRuB, Garden Raised Urban Bounty: Olympia, WA and South Puget Sound. Over the past 20 years this organization has done so much for youth and food justice that I am finding it hard to condense! Please visit their website and browse their annual report to appreciate how much work they all do.
- Lopez Island Family Resource Center: Lopez, WA. Offers programs and services to support, enrich, educate, and most importantly empower the Lopez community.