Believe it or not, due to shrinking habitat, elephants are hungry too! They can eat from 250-650lbs of food per day. Grasses, fruit, bark, leaves and pretty much the whole tree. One of many trees that elephants eat is the Acacia tree of which there are more than 800 species worldwide .http://www.nature-explored.com/acacia-info.htm
Acacias have a chemical early warning system to let other trees know of a possible attack by an animal. Elephants will push the tree over so it can't warn the other trees and send out the distasteful chemical that elephants don't like.
Elephants stop the Acacias from converting the Savannah into Woodland by uprooting smaller ones and pushing over larger ones to eat them.
Some species of trees couldn't survive without elephants. Seed pods contain beetle larvae that eat the seeds. Elephants eat the pods but don't grind them up enough to destroy the seeds as monkeys do. However the digestive juices will kill off all the larvae and 90% of the seeds that pass through an elephant will germinate. Those seeds left in pods on the ground are almost all eaten by beetles. See the picture of the Marula seed pods that have passed through an Elephant. If you add elephant dung and some water you will grow a new tree.
Unfortunately the elephant corridors are much smaller and the trees in these areas are not able to compete with the animal traffic eating them. We need to plant more trees in these areas for future elephants and all foraging animals.
SEEDS provides vegetable seeds for the people of Zambiato grow their own food, in return, they provide tree seeds for Elephants.
Please help SEEDS do that! Elephants need food too and SEEDS is growing trees to plant in these corridors.
The organization Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS), a registered Canadian Charity #801572736RR0001 based in Toronto, Canada is seeking your help in order that we may continue to send non-GMO 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 and Kalabo, Sioma and Kaoma, Western Province and Chipata in Eastern Province Zambia, 1n areas which 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 levels in the country. To help alleviate some of the food insecurity in the area 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 Seed Bank in Mongu and The Ngoni Seed Bank in Chipata, 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 are budding enterprises These trees are then planted in communities by our local staff and through our voluntourism tree planting initiative. Surplus seedlings are also sold to for a nominal fee to help support project activities and endangered Elephants. Thanks to the generous donations of our partners and volunteers, we have, so far collected, dried, packaged and sent over 4.7 million seeds.
By recycling seeds that would have otherwise been thrown out or composted, we are implementing self-sufficient seed bank & tree nurseries that provide 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 for a donation for us to purchase seeds that are difficult for us to obtain from the produce we eat, such as: carrot, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, white corn, onion, potato, non GMO sugar beets, cauliflower, broccoli, okra, or edible flower seeds. These types of resources would help our local Zambian partners in many other ways as well which I would be happy to explain at a future date.
Here’s an endearing story that will hopefully touch your heart and demonstrate the importance and positive impact of your donation. Early in 2014, Frederick our manager in Mongu communicated Frederick with Joanne in Canada 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, we send the catalogs which 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 to meet. We only send non-GMO seeds, as all of Zambia is NON-GMO. 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 be much appreciated. We will provide a charitable tax receipt for any monetary donation over $20.00. If you choose, you or your company would also be acknowledged in future SEEDS advertisements and the SEEDS website as an expression of our appreciation.
At least 98% 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 your help would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you and Happy planting to all!!
With kind regards,
Founder and President
Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS)
SEEDS Garage Sales Store, 1 Browning Ave., Toronto, M4K 1V6