Seed Programs International

MATTER 1SPI partner MATTER believes that everyone should have access to a full and healthy life, and gardens are a part of their plan. We’ve been impressed with their partnership work in Senegal, and they recently shared about their partnership work in Zimbabwe.

In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, MATTER is working to ensure that the local community has access to quality healthcare, including nutrition. In addition to the equipment and supplies they’ve brought to the area, they are supporting a maternity hospital garden in a community with poor soil quality and little access to good seed. Good nutrition is especially important for new mothers, who are restoring their bodies after childbirth.

"It is very difficult to get good seeds in our area. Having dependable seeds allows for increased harvests and greater impact." — Silent Kasake, Victoria Falls Hospital Garden Manager

Because good seed is not available locally, MATTER is deploying SPI seeds to grow nutritious vegetables in a maternity hospital garden that supplies meals to new mothers. So far, the garden has supplied almost 2,000 meals over five months!

MATTER 2 worm pitIn addition to addressing seed quality, MATTER has worked to ensure that other barriers, like poor soil quality, won’t stop farmers from a bountiful harvest. Chris Newhouse, MATTER’s Agricultural Program Director, shares:

“At the Victoria Falls hospital garden, the soil is poor, so we’ve developed a system utilizing worm pits and food waste to create soil for the beds. About one-third of the garden is devoted to the worm farm, which provides a rich soil for seed starting and growing in an area where fertilizers are hard to come by.”

Speaking to the importance of our partnership, Chris laid out MATTER’s goal for the coming years.

MATTER 3“SPI’s work is a fantastic addition to our projects. Our partners frequently tell us that getting quality seeds is difficult if not impossible. Providing dependable garden seeds really helps make these projects successful. In the future I’ll be looking for ways to get more seeds to our partners in the developing world. MATTER is aiming to install 30 more nutritional gardens next to maternity hospitals in Zimbabwe over the next 3 years—our partnership with SPI will be an essential element of this project.”

We’re grateful to Chris, MATTER, and the farmers who are providing important nutrition to these new mothers in Zimbabwe. We’re always looking for feedback about our partnerships and want to learn more about our partner’s goals because we want to support your success! Thank you!

— The SPI Team

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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.