RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeds of Change®, a leading producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, has announced the launch of its 2017 Seeds of Change® Grant Program. The Grant Program funds public school and community-based gardening as well as farming programs across the United States that emphasize food, farming, sustainability or nutrition education. Through March 28, U.S. schools and community based gardening and farming programs are invited to apply for 24 grants totaling $310,000 to support new or existing initiatives.
"As a seed-to-plate brand, we are committed to helping create healthier and greener communities, which is why we donate one percent of our net sales to fund the Seeds of Change® Grant Program – a program that we are proud has helped change the lives of so many. To date, more than 90 tons of produce has been grown by Grant recipients benefiting more than 35,000 people nationwide," says Adriana Montano, senior marketing manager, Seeds of Change®. "As seen through past Grant recipients, school, community gardening and farming programs have a profound impact. Research shows gardening programs contribute to the health of a community through education, and increase healthy food consumption."
Chef Seamus Mullen, owner and executive chef at Tertulia in New York City and a vocal advocate of healthy eating, will help celebrate the Seeds of Change® Grant program this year at Project Farmhouse, a new, state-of-the-art sustainability center spearheaded by a previous grant recipient. Guests will have the opportunity to experience how gardening programs empower communities to improve their health through a closer connection to food and the land.
"I know firsthand the powerful role that wholesome food can play in wellbeing and appreciate that Seeds of Change® dedicates its resources to connecting communities to the food they eat," said Chef Mullen. "The company's belief in the natural, organic way is reflected in every product it makes – from vegetable, herb and flower seeds to Ready to Heat rice and grain blends – as well as in its ongoing support for sustainable gardening and farming."
This year, the Seeds of Change® Grant Program is awarding $310,000 in grants to 24 school and community gardening and farming programs around the country. The 24 grants will be distributed as follows: two (2) schools and two (2) communities will be awarded a total of $110,000 in grants; and ten (10) schools and ten (10) communities will be awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to fund community programs.
For more information about the Seeds of Change® Grant Program, and official application rules, please visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com.
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 27 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 Ready to Heat organic Rice and Grain varieties. 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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