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Our Work in Ukraine and Poland

Seed Programs International is working with several organizations and schools in Ukraine and Poland to support Ukrainians and their communities as they experience the effects of Russian hostilities. Here is a summary of some of the programs:

  • School Resiliency Gardens in Poland: SPI is partnering with Resiliency Gardens in Poland for school gardening programs. The program included 7 schools for the 2022/2023 school year and 10 different schools for the 2023/2024 school year. Each school is given a grant to create a school garden. In addition, an educational support aid will visit each school to assist in teaching programs in gardening basics, cultivation intercropping, natural fertilization, composting, growing sprouts, and the role of pollinators. This program was founded by SPI Board member June Lavelle.

  • School and Urban Gardens in Ukraine: In 2022-2023, SPI partnered with SURGe for their Victory Gardens (Сади Перемоги) program. This program worked in Kyiv, Kamyanets-Podilskyi, Zhytomyr, Zorivka, and Volochysk. Programs included school and community gardens, greenhouse restoration, community harvest festivals, orchard planting, indoor microgreen projects, food preparation lessons, and teacher workshops.

  • School and Urban Gardens in Ukraine: In 2024, SPI is partnering with Bukovinian Agency of Regional Development (BARD) in Kyiv and Chortkiv, Ukraine. These programs will include creating extensive urban gardening and food production, promoting traditional “Family Borscht” soup production highlighting Ukrainian culinary traditions, and combining herbalism with a historic pharmacy. 

  • Seed Distribution in Ukraine: SPI is partnering with Charity Fund Modern Village to distribute vegetable seeds to migrant families and the elderly in the Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine. Packets of cucumber, tomato, beet, carrot, and cabbage seed are being distributed to create gardensat 17 institutions including: village councils, boarding houses for the elderly and disabled, and psychoneurological boarding schools. 

  • Seeds of Glory: In 2024, this program is distributing seed sets to families in hard-to-reach areas of southeast Ukraine to provide humanitarian support for internally displaced and at-risk families. This program is ran by local actors, including an heirloom seed shop, a grassroots network, and a former Peace Corp volunteer. 

  • Fruit Tree Planting in Ukraine: SPI is partnering with Lviv Charitable to plant over 1,000 fruit trees in the Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine. A portion of each harvest is donated to food relief efforts.

  • Vitamin Donations: SPI is partnering with Nova Ukraine and MAP International to provide 10,000 bottles of vitamins to UCare and Recovery Camp.

Read our 2023/2024 Poland and Ukraine Project Report

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Ukraine Solidarity Bloom Flower Packets

Plant a Message of Solidarity

Applewood Seed Co. generously donated a flower seed mix of blue and yellow seed for a “Solidarity Bloom” project. Planting these seeds can send a living message to our Ukrainian neighbors close and distant that we are with them.

Please request your packets by emailing UKRsolidarity@seedprograms.org with your address and number of packets requested.

Donations to cover the cost of shipping are appreciated. Any additional donations will go toward programs that support Ukrainians.

Pictures of Solidarity Bloom Gardens

Send us a picture of your Solidarity Bloom and a message of hope and we’ll post it here as a digital tribute to the resistance and resilience of Ukraine as a nation and its people. We stand with Ukraine.

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