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, 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.
- -Oregon Tilth Organic Education Center: Corvallis, OR....seeks to strengthen the health of families, communities, and the environment by providing experiential learning opportunities in biologically sound urban agriculture. Through hands-on educational programs we teach people about the sources of their food and the ease and abundance of organic gardening. In collaboration with local business, farmers, students and government, the OEC works as a regional resource hub for sustainable food growing.
- - 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.
- -Taos Seed Exchange, Nan Fisher, Sweetly Seeds.co
- -Growing Veterans
- -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