Seeds of Change® Awards $190,000 to Support Sustainable Community and School Garden Programs Across the U.S. Seventeen organizations receive $20,000 and $10,000 grants to help families grow a healthier relationship with food
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeds of Change®, maker of nutritious organic foods and organically grown seeds, is proud to announce the 17 recipients of the 2014 Seeds of Change® Grant Program. The DeKalb County Community Gardens in DeKalb, Ill. and Medway Community Farm in Medway, Mass. will each receive a $20,000 grant, while 15 additional organizations will receive $10,000 grants to support new or existing community-based gardening and sustainable farming programs. Each organization has developed a program that works to empower communities to grow a healthier, more sustainable relationship with food from seed to plate.
The Seeds of Change® Grant Program is funded by the brand's 1% Fund, the company's commitment to donate one percent of its global net sales to sustainable, community-based nutrition, gardening and farming programs. The 17 organizations were selected from a pool of almost 1,000 applicants that applied through the company's Facebook page and Grant website. More than 380,800 votes were cast by individuals to determine the top 50 and then a panel of judges evaluated those applications and selected the final recipients. The Grant Program, which is in its third year, has distributed almost a half-million dollars to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities nationwide.
"It's incredible to see the great ways these groups are helping communities connect to the food they are eating and how it's grown," said Tim Snyder, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Seeds of Change®. "The work done by these organizations sometimes introduces kids to nutrition for the first time , which is why we want to support as many of them as we can through our Grant Program."
The 15 recipients of the $10,000 grants are: Byrd School "Seeds of Knowledge Garden" (Burbank, Ill.), Carthay Elementary School's Garden of Possibilities (Los Angeles, Calif.), Faith Farm - Loaves & Fishes Production & Teaching Garden (Enid, Okla.), Freeport High School Student Farm (Freeport, Ill.), Growing Gardens Schoolyard Learning Gardens (Portland, Ore.), Heritage Creek Farm Camp Children's Garden (Mount Joy, Pa.), Jackie's Garden at Warren Township High School (Gurnee, Ill.), Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center Garden (Wailuku, Hawaii), Midstreams Jazzy Jaguars G.R.O.W. (Gardeners Replenish Our World) (Brick, N.J.), Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's Community Gardens (Bloomington, Ind.), New Lands Farm (Sutton, Mass.), ReSource Farms (Decatur, Ill.), School District of Holmen School Gardens (Holmen, Wis.), Seed2Need (Corrales, N.M.) and South Athens Elementary School Garden (Athens, Texas).
About Seeds of Change®
Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 by passionate gardeners with a vision to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the "advances" of modern industrial agriculture. For 25 years, we have remained true to our original vision by offering a wide selection of organic seeds including heirloom, traditional, and rare seeds. Our seeds are produced through a network of certified organic family farms and professional growers. Through these partnerships, we continually cultivate study and develop seeds with the goal of producing the finest certified organic varieties to share with our fellow gardeners and farmers. In 1997 our business expanded to also include Organic Food inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand. We now offer a wide variety of Dry and Ready to Heat organic Rice and Grain varieties as well as organic cooking sauces. For more information about Seeds of Change® visit www.seedsofchange.com for our seed products and www.seedsofchangefoods.com for our food products. For additional information, please contact us at the information provided above or at Seeds of Change®, P.O. Box 4908, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.
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