Seed Programs International

Earthquakes, droughts, floods, tsunamis, crop failures, wars—these are the events that capture the eyes and hearts of many and move us to respond immediately from a position of compassion and caring.

Crisis recoveryFirst-response needs are often shelter, water, sanitation, medical care, and emergency food supplies. But what happens next, after the images of the crisis fade from public view? Typically, people are still left as victims of trauma, many with damaged homes, incomes, and lives. Food supplies are short and prices spike such that people cannot afford to eat.

Early recovery is the term used to describe efforts to move from immediate disaster relief into community self-reliance. The goal is to progress not only back to “normal life” but beyond to a state of greater resiliency to any future disasters.

SPI has provided seeds for post-disaster gardening efforts in many places, such as:

  • Haiti, after the 2016 hurricane. Innovative gardening practices like bag and tire gardens help families grow food in regions where topsoil has been washed away.
  • East African countries, in response to ongoing drought and displacement. Drought-resilient gardens can provide a new livelihood for people displaced by climate change and conflict.
  • The Gambia, where gardens were combined with support for survivors of harmful practices. Gardens provide critical nutrition for recovering bodies.
  • Guatemala, in response to generational violence and displacement. Traditional gardening practices can be disrupted or lost when a generation is targeted for violence. Quality vegetable seed and skills training helps reclaim and complement those practices.

Vegetable gardens give quicker food from a local source when main-crop harvests are lost to a disaster. When other types of aid are giving only starchy foods to fill bellies, vegetables give needed micronutrients. When men are displaced or distracted by crisis, vegetable gardens may grow in importance as a food source – they are traditionally grown in small plots close to the home, easily accessible by women while completing other tasks.

How can you help?
Thanks for asking!

man two kidsWe are often asked if we can receive donations of seeds, either saved from home gardens or left over from packet purchasing. Unfortunately, we can’t.  Export laws just don’t allow home-harvested seed across borders due to concerns about seed-borne disease.  Also, the varieties of vegetable seed we select are specific to the challenging conditions where they are sent (often featuring tropical heat and extremely wet or dry weather).

But if you love seeds and love the idea of helping people in need around the globe to grow their own food, you can still help SPI turn seeds into food for the hungry. Here’s how:

1. Make a list of all your friends, acquaintances, family members, and social circles who grow vegetable and flower gardens.
2. Contact one of these great seed companies about their seed sales fundraising program: High Mowing Organic Seeds, Southern Exposure
3. Designate Seed Programs International as the beneficiary of your seed sales (the method for this varies by company). Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll send you some printed information so you can be a great ambassador for our work.
4. If you wish, package up your own excess seed and add it to the offerings. As gardening season comes around, let the seed-selling fun begin!
5. Some programs move funds to us themselves; others require that you do it. In those cases, donate your raised funds on our secure online donation page.
For every $100 you raise from your seed sales fundraiser, SPI will send enough seed for those in need to grow one ton of food.


P.S.,  Too busy to organize a seed sales fundraiser? A simpler way to get involved is to donate to one of our online crowdfunding campaigns and then help us spread the word. Check out our current projects!

Seed Programs International welcomes donations of stock and other securities. Of course, such donations provide major support in our work to help people grow food. But for donors, this strategy also has benefits. As stated by CNN Money, "It's a win-win situation: charitable organizations get a nice contribution (they usually sell shares immediately), while donors can write off the gift and avoid paying capital gains taxes on the stock gains . . . The strategy has been around for some time, but after waning during the financial crisis, it's gained popularity again in recent years as the stock market has roared back to life." Because electronic transfers are made without donor information, please tell us of your upcoming intention to donate stock, and number of shares you plan to give. You can do so by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Dani Kehm at 828-630-7093. This is the information your brokerage will need to transfer stock to our account:

Our Account Name: Seed Programs International
Our Tax ID Number: 56-2092576
Our Account Number: QG9-050508
Broker DTC Number: 0443
Investment Advisor: Pershing, LLC 1 Pershing Plaza Jersey City, NJ 07302


Donate Your Vehicle

When you donate your vehicle to Seed Programs International, your generous gift helps fight hunger around the world by giving vegetable seeds so people can grow the food they need. Incredibly, with each $100 in vehicle value, SPI can give enough seed for people to grow a full ton of fresh vegetables.

Vehicle donation pick-up through CARS is always free to you, and most vehicles can be picked up within 24-72 hours. You'll receive an initial car donation receipt upon pick-up and then the CARS team will work to turn your car into cash to support our cause. Once your vehicle is sold, we will provide you proper tax forms in time to file.

Visit CARS for more information about donating your vehicle.

Too busy to organize a seed sales fundraiser? A simpler way to get involved is to donate to one of our online crowdfunding campaigns and then help us spread the word.

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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


Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON

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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.