Seed Programs International


Jack Bernens, Chair
JTB Ventures, Inc.
Retired, Head, Enogen Business at Syngenta

Debra Kiliru, Vice-Chair
Director of Engagement, The Roots Foundation

Timothy J. Batcha, Treasurer
CFO, Standard Holding Corporation
Certified Management Accountant

Sharon Hanson, Secretary
Manager, Seed Quality and Technical Support Services
Retired, Registered Seed Technologist

Dr. Brian Love, Immediate Past Chair
CEO, Ag Science Insights LLC

Jim Schweigert,
President, Gro Alliance, LLC

Karl Fiander, President of SPI Canada
Retired, Pickseed Canada

June Lavelle
Owner and Chief Consultant, Lavelle & Associates, Inc.

Thomas Tolman
Retired, President, Condor Seed Production

Don Wertman
Retired, Chief Operating Officer, Seedway



Gary Kushner
Hogan Lovells US LLP. Legal Counsel, American Seed Trade Association.



John A. Batcha+
Founder, Seed Programs International
Board Chair Emeritus


+ Deceased


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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


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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.