Community Seeds Donation Program

In line with our mission of helping to build 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:

– 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 primarily directing our donation efforts to Idaho-based organizations and if our annual funds allow, will expand to organizations based in the Intermountain West.

Apply for Donations of Seeds

#CommunitySeeds Donation Request Form

2016 #CommunitySeeds Recipients

15th Ave. Community Garden's provides free veggies on a "take what you can use" basis.
15th Ave. Community Garden provides free veggies to their neighbors on a “take what you can use” basis.

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 wanted to grow fresh produce not only for themselves but for their neighbors and two local shelters. They hope to continue their partnership into local gardening groups, churches, and elementary school (located across the street) to promote healthier food and lifestyle options. Nampa First Church of the Nazarene donated the two lots on 15th Avenue and nearly everything in the garden was donated including dirt, wood, and seeds.

High School students prepping the greenhouse for another year of growing.
High School students prepping the greenhouse for another productive year of growing.

Capital High School Horticulture Program, Boise

Capital High School’s old greenhouse is a learning lab for students about germination, composting, seed saving, seed libraries and how to store seeds. Besides learning about growing, they have an annual Spring Plant Sale in May where they sell veggie & herb starts, bedding plants, and hanging baskets as a funding source for the program; as well as donating plants to the community.

Proud middle school show off their state fair ribbons for their hard-work!
Proud Lowell Scott middle school students show off their state fair ribbons!

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!

True to seed library
Worthy of it’s name, True-to-Seed is housed in CdA’s public library, in a card catalog no less!

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.