In line with our mission of building a Robust Regional Seedshed, SNAKE RIVER SEED COOPERATIVE encourages community organizations involved in education, food, farming/gardening, seed saving and/or nutrition to apply for our #CommunitySeeds Donation Program.
Our donating priorities include Idaho-based:
– Community or organizational groups.
– Non-profits, schools, community gardens, seed libraries, and other educational organizations that promote gardening education.
-Non-profits (or groovy for-profits) requesting live or silent auction item donations.
In return, we would like to help spread the word about your seedy efforts by including a photo and description of your good work on our website.
NOTE: Since we are a small company, we are directing our donation efforts to Idaho-based organizations only for right now. In the future, if our annual budget allows, we hope to expand to organizations throughout the Intermountain West.
NOTE: We accept Seed Donation Requests year-round, but only disperse seeds October to May.
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2017 #CommunitySeeds Recipients
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll
SNAKE RIVER SEED COOPERATIVE is proud to have provided support in the form of 600 donated packets of garden seeds to 15 organizations around Idaho in 2017! This represents a 300% increase from 2016 and demonstrates our commitment to GROWING NEW GARDENERS; be they school kids getting their first taste of stewarding a garden, folks working side-by-side building community in their neighborhood gardens, or people experiencing homelessness reaping the benefits that come from growing and sharing healthy food.
Read more about their worthy work below:
15th Avenue Community Garden, Nampa
Among a few neighborhood gardens popping up around Canyon County, the 15th Avenue Community Garden was the brainchild of Alex Hackett, Liz King and others in the neighborhood who successfully lobbied Nampa First Church of the Nazarene to donate two lots on 15th Avenue. 2017 is SRSC’s second year of donating seeds to support their efforts, as they continue to grow veggies, fruits, nuts and flowers to help feed “each other, teach folks to grow their own food and fostering an environment of beauty and restoration”. The produce that is grown on the land, goes to feed volunteers, nearby neighbors, and residents at the Salvation Army Family Shelter. Taking care of others and the land are their priorities.
Capital High School Horticulture Program, Boise
Capital High School’s old greenhouse is a lab for students to learn about germination, composting, seed saving, and how to store seeds. They grow plants in pots for their annual Spring Plant Sale in May where they sell veggie and herb starts, bedding plants, and hanging baskets as a funding source for the program; as well as donate plants to the Jordan Street Community Garden, which in turn supports refuge families. In this, their second year as a seed donation recipient, they have added a pollinator garden project in cooperation with the environmental science & biology classes where they learn about the important role of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators by planting a garden heavy on nectar and pollen.
An affordable housing provider in the Treasure Valley area, Neighborworks has a new health initiative with the goal of providing access to more & healthier food options that are planted, maintained, and cultivated by their residents. They are expanding the number of raised garden beds at their multifamily apartment units in Boise and Nampa which will allow more families access to healthier food options and supplement their food budgets with fresh veggies and herbs.
Interfaith Sanctuary, Boise
Interfaith Sanctuary operates a year-round shelter with supportive services for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Boise. This year, they added some raised bed gardens to get the residents involved in growing food and providing healthier food choices.
Meridian Co-op Gardeners, Meridian
The community garden is a collaborative effort between the City of Meridian and the Meridian Cooperative Garden club, and is located in Kleiner Park in the heart of Meridian. It embodies the cooperative model as all the members garden together and share in the harvest. Excess produce is donated to the Meridian Food Bank. The community garden has become a key space in the park and a simple, powerful way to create community, engage others in important issues of sustainability, gardening education, and community action.
Idaho Falls Community Garden Association, Idaho Falls
IDAHO FALLS COMMUNITY GARDENS are all about growing: growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and a community of people who share a love of gardening while taking good care of their small part of the earth. The all-volunteer association sponsors 3 community gardens, Sprouts & Spud Buds children’s programs, and free organic gardening classes since 1995. The seeds they received from SRSC were shared with community gardeners to introduce them to the superiority of using locally-adapted seeds.
Rolling Tomato, Boise
In it’s formative year in the Treasure Valley, Rolling Tomato’s mission is “food recovery”. They fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste, i.e.: food that is at or past a “sell by” date, are imperfect in any way (bruised apples, for example), or leftovers at the end of farmers market. It’s visionary, Julie D’Augustino used the variety of tomato seed packets that SRSC donated as “calling cards” as she networks around the valley to fundraise and build support for this fledgling non-profit.
Koelsch Elementary, Boise
Kale Kids working alongside Koelsch Elementary School, designed, built, and established a safe place for learning and gardening where students, faculty, friends and family can come to visit and feel good about getting their hands dirty. Kale Kids four month long project provided landscape design and a three year crop rotation guide to give Koelsch the tools to successfully expand their garden year by year.
Salmon Valley Seed Library, Salmon
Rigby City Seed Library, Rigby
SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS:
Idaho Farmers Market Association, Statewide
Ada County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ada Cunty
Golden Eagle Audobon Society, Southwest Idaho
Cascade American Legion, Cascade
Health Freedom Idaho, Boise
Collister Neighborhood Association, Boise
2016 #CommunitySeeds Recipients
15th Avenue Gardens, Nampa
Capital High School Horticulture Program, Boise
True to Seed – Seed Sharing Library, Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene’s TRUE-TO-SEED Seed Sharing Library promotes the growing, saving, and sharing of locally acclimated seed varieties – which in turn strengthens the community. They also promote backyard gardening by checking out free seeds to community members while also teaching them how to save seeds so they can return a portion to the library and making it self-sustainable. In addition, the “Grow Out Program” is a partnership with community gardens within the region whereby they agree to grow out a specific heirloom vegetable for the library, keeping the seeds pure and stocked for the next growing season.
Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise
Besides incorporating garden time for students into many subjects like science, English, math and music, Lowell Scott Middle School has a district-recognized after school Garden Club as well to teach about food, flowers, and nutrition while integrating students populations that wouldn’t normally interact. Garden produce is used in the school smoothie program; students, educators and the surrounding community are encouraged to harvest; and about 500 pounds of produce was donated to the Idaho Foodbank last summer. The garden is managed according to organic and sustainable principles. The students grew several Snake River Seed Cooperative seeds last year, including the purple beans – which won a 1st place ribbon at the Western Idaho Fair!