Seed Programs International

peter marksDear Partner,

When I started as SPI CEO 8 years ago, I sat every day at my desk at home here in Asheville, NC. This is the same desk at which I now sit during the pandemic, so in a way, amid growth and change, things have come full circle. While we remain lean and nimble, we’ve increased from two staff to four and, in normal times, we work from an office. Most importantly, we’ve dramatically grown the number and depth of our partnerships worldwide. With your help, 40,000 families a year gain access to seeds and support to grow much-needed fresh, healthy food.

Late last year I decided it was time for me to move on from SPI and allow a new leader to carry forward our essential mission. I don’t yet know what I’m doing next, but I’m excited to find out. If I haven’t yet had the chance to thank you personally for your advice, creative program input, and hands-on partnership in the field: all of your work is deeply appreciated. Without you, SPI would not exist nor have the unique impact that we do. So much of the advice I’ve been able to share, worldwide from Armenia to Zimbabwe, comes from watching and listening to you. The brilliant ideas that you and your beneficiaries bring to the garden every day have helped others that you’ve never met.

I’m writing today to ask your help as we strive to find the right new person to grow SPI to our full potential. Please review our President & CEO job opening on our website, share it with those seeking new work, and forward it through your own networks.


Peter Marks
President & CEO, SPI


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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.