It’s easy to take seeds for granted. When you bite into an apple or slice open an avocado, the seeds are visible and bountiful. Most of the time we throw them away, or at the very least, add them to our compost pile.
In developing countries, however, this is not the case. The following organizations are working to change that.
The Heifer Project is best known for donating livestock in developing countries. Did you know that you can donate a Gardener’s Basket as well? The goal is to help build sustainable farms and increase self-sufficiency.
The garden basket gift features tree seedlings, rabbits, chickens and a hive of bees as part of an integrated farming approach. Training consists of animal care, fertilization and growing techniques. Benefits:
- Boosts production by providing compost and fertilizer
- Provides organic pest control as chickens get rid of bugs and worms
- Pollinates crops for a more abundant harvest
Malnutrition is a very real problem for families suffering from poverty, one that claims the lives of many children each year. When you donate a garden, you enable families to support themselves with a healthy, balanced diet.
Garden baskets make ideal gifts for gardeners. (My friend Antonina donated on my behalf last Christmas!)
Yes to Seed Fund
Yes To Inc. is a local hair and skin care company, manufacturing sustainable, food-based products and packaging. In 2013 they committed 1% of profits to the Yes to Seed Fund. Additionally, 100% of the profits for Yes to Cucumbers towelettes goes to the seed fund while supplies last. I’ve snapped up a few at our local shop this afternoon. Their mission is to plant gardens around the globe.
Seeds for Change
Seeds for change is a seed donation program. Their goal is to promote self-sufficiency and at the same time bring healthy foods to impoverished rural families in the US. They’ve started a seed donation program to encourage families to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
It’s exciting to see local, national and international organizations sowing seeds around the globe.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson