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Your gift is multiplied many fold by the hard work of gardeners providing for their own needs. $500 yields 5 tons of food for hungry people. $50 grows 5000 vegetable servings.

 

Global Gardener Stay-At-Home Seed Kits

Global Gardener Seed Kits: Fighting Hunger and Poverty from Home

Did you know that something as small as a vegetable seed can provide food, nutrition, and income for vulnerable communities throughout the world? Seed Programs International’s Global Gardeners seed packing kit puts a powerful resource into your hands so you and your crew can be part of the fight against global hunger and poverty.

Global Gardener seed kits are customized for your group. Kits can be delivered to a central location for distribution or shipped directly to your crew at their homes.

This is your event. We will work with you to coordinate an at-home event, a virtual gathering, or another format that meets the unique needs of your group. This rewarding volunteer experience will engage your group and make a meaningful contribution to ending hunger. We’d love to create something new together!

 

Order Seed Kits

Pack seed with your family!We offer two kit sizes:

  • 200 seed envelopes for $35
  • 100 seed envelopes for $25.

Each kit includes seeds, packing supplies, instructions, and inspiration! After packing your seeds, you’ll decide where they’re donated. If you don’t already have a group in mind, we can pair you with a program of your choice from our partner list. Shipping packed kits to their final destination is not included in the kit price listed above. Orders can take six to eight weeks to arrive, so start your planning early!

Contact us today to receive a custom quote that meets your needs.

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Don’t know what seeds to order for your event? No worries!
SPI will help you select the best seeds for your garden based on the desitnation's comiate and season. Our seeds are commercial grade seeds selected for high yield and resilience to harsh conditions. They're grown throughout the world, often in adverse conditions, by our international partners.

We welcome groups who want to distribute seed in the US.
We never thought we’d see the time when our seed supply here at SPI could be an essential American resource, but this is that time. With the onset of COVID-19, we are seeing more seed requests from entities such as US non-profit emergency response teams, food banks, community organizations, and local governments that distribute meals to replace those served at schools. For the first time in our history, we’re actively working to get seeds to partners like you working to prevent malnutrition and boost food security here at home.

 

Seed distribution with Seed Savers Network Kenya

Seed distribution with Seed Savers Network Kenya

Hi everyone,

Today’s update comes from Daniel Wanjama, Seed Savers Network Kenya (SSNK) Founder and Director. SSNK is a grassroots NGO headquartered southeast of Nakuru in Gilgil who works with resource-poor farmers to promote sustainable rural livelihoods. SSNK has strong support for women’s groups, providing access to agricultural training, good vegetable seed, tools, and other resources — you might remember Esther from our update early last year. We recently had the privilege of hearing several stories from Daniel’s work with the Gatume Women’s Group.

The Gatume Women’s Group

Women in the Gatume Women’s Group have traditionally farmed grains, primarily varieties of beans and maize. After connecting with Daniel and SSNK, some of the women started growing vegetables using seed provided by this project. Combined with training and support from agronomist extension visits, they had what they needed for the work ahead.

Ann, whose nursery is pictured in this update, began experimenting with coriander (or parsley). Coriander is often chosen as a livelihood crop since it requires less land than other crops and can be sold for a decent amount of money. Income is an important component for a farmer’s resilience because it transforms their gardening labor into the power of choice. With extra income, a farmer can keep her children in school, buy medicine, improve her home, and buy other kinds of food to round out her and her family’s diet. In the first season, Ann was able to sell her coriander to bring in extra income.

Seed Distribution with Tree Angels for Haiti

Seed Distribution with Tree Angels for Haiti

Hi folks,

As we approach the one-year mark for the major work of this project, we’re working with our partners through the SPI Haiti Partnership Network to assess what has been accomplished in the past year and understand where our partners would like to grow in the coming year. After we’ve heard from our partners, we’ll publish a longer report that describes the last year’s work. In the meantime, we’d like to share smaller updates from three SPI partners who are strengthening communities and families in Haiti.

Ayiti KonseVet (via June Levinsohn)

June Levinsohn is a US-based coordinating partner for one of our long-term Haitian partners, Ayiti KonseVet (AKV). We opened this project with an on-the-ground description from June, so it’s fitting to share her latest update describing the report from AKV’s agronomist, Wedly Deceus, one year later.

Hear It From Our Partners

  • GrowEastAfrica Women's Group

    Fate, GrowEastAfrica, Ethiopia

    Fate is a farmer who has forged a new livelihood from the resources and education she accessed through GrowEastAfrica, an SPI partner in Ethiopia. Building upon her training, she’s stepped into leadership with the Soyama Women's Association. She shares:

    "Just a few years ago, we were a community that was worried about what we would eat tomorrow and what the future looks like. Today, not only are we growing our own food, but we’re making plans for the future of our people and our community. We are creating markets for ourselves, we're inspiring and empowering each other, and we're saving money and contributing to our own development. Because of the support from Seed Programs International and Yohannes, we now have access to water where there was none. We’re building on what we’ve already accomplished to include neighboring villages and communities. Hope has come back to us, and we hope to grow our project so everyone — us, our communities, our villages and our country — can become fully self-reliant. We have reached this place because of the support of many people that we will never meet. It is all thanks you to you. Thank you for choosing to invest in our community and in our well-being."
     

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Contact Us

Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
+1-828-337-8632

 

Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.