The organization Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS), a registered Canadian Charity #801572736RR0001 based in Toronto, Canada is seeking your help in sending non-GMO fruit and vegetable seeds for distribution and planting in Zambia, Africa. Are you familiar with the saying - “Give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach him to fish and he’ll never go hungry?” If so, then please help us send seeds so people can help themselves. Let me explain what we do at SEEDS...
We work in Mongu, Kalabo, Kaoma, Sioma, Chipata and two other regions in Zambia, these areas have very little commerce and lack viable seed varieties to sustain the population. In these parts of Zambia, 85% of the population live in poverty, the highest level in the country. To help alleviate some of the food insecurity in these areas due to these high levels of poverty, we collect non-GMO vegetable seeds in Toronto Canada, from student volunteers at Bendale B.T.I, an organic grocery store - The Big Carrot, and others. The seeds are then dried, packaged and sent to the Silozi and Ngoni Seed Banks where they are distributed to locals for planting. In exchange, these local partners gather fallen tree seeds for the tree and fruit tree nursery that is a budding enterprise. These trees are then planted in communities by our local staff and through our voluntourism tree planting initiative. Surplus seedlings are also sold for a nominal fee to help support project activities and to help sustain endangered Elephants. Thanks to the generous donations of our partners and volunteers, we have, so far collected, dried, packaged and sent over 4.6 million seeds.
By recycling seeds that would have otherwise been thrown out or composted, we are implementing a self-sufficient seed bank & tree nurserys that provides relevant training for year round agriculture; improves the genetic diversity of local gardens, farms and kitchens and builds resilient healthy food systems and people. We believe that providing villagers with hardier varieties of vegetable seeds, helps them earn more income and reduce food scarcity in their villages, lessening the need to poach animals and decreases the number of human elephant interactions and conflict. Further, the trees we grow and plant help to reforest communities, provide shade, are a source of food, fuel, fertilizer, and assist with controlling the erosion of the soil.
Now that you know a little about our organization, we would like to ask you to donate to SEEDS so that we can reach farther into remote areas where they are needed most. We need a small motorbike or 4x4 vehicle to get the seeds to people who cannot come to our Resource Garden to pick them up. A donation of any of your old seed catalogs would also be greatly appreciated. These types of resources would help our local Zambian partners know what vegetables they are planting - which are different from local varieties, and what they should look like when ripe.
Here’s an endearing story that will hopefully touch your heart and demonstrate the importance and positive impact of your donation.
In 2014, Frederick our manager in Mongu communicated to Joanne via text - our usual form of communication as it had not been financially feasible previously to communicate via email. Frederick communicated with Joanne one day to let her know their pumpkins weren’t growing very big as he anticipated.
Joanne said they were heavy feeders, and advised him to give them some more compost. When she arrived in Mongu for a visit in April 2014 and he showed her the pumpkins, they were in fact acorn squash! You see, while pumpkins start out growing green and turn orange as they ripen, acorn squash start out orange and turn green - this demonstrates the importance of the catalogs. Fredrick had never seen an acorn squash before, which is why he was confused. Now, the catalog helps him to see what the ripe vegetable looks like.
We would be very thankful and grateful for your contribution! Please contact our founder Joanne Hutchinson via any of the social media outlets below or feel free to call her at 647-444-5534 to make arrangements for pick up or to accept delivery of the catalogs or make a financial donation via Canada Helps. Your donation would improve the lives of many villagers and help feed Zambian communities. As we send these seeds via DHL a monetary donation would also be appreciated. We will provide a charitable tax receipt for any monetary donation over $20.00. Your business would also be acknowledged in future SEEDS advertisements and the SEEDS website as an expression of our appreciation.
At least 94% of all donations go directly towards our vision of helping the people, the environment, and the endangered elephants of Zambia.
We try to send non-GMO vegetable seeds every three months so any help you can give is much appreciated.
Thank you and Happy Planting to all!!
With kind regards,
Founder & President