The Free Seed Project
We’re on a mission to help people grow their own healthy, organic food.
Rob Greenfield and the Live Like Ally Foundation have partnered to provide the seeds, literally, for an alternative to the industrial, globalized food system, and to encourage people to make a deeper connection with the earth. In 2018 we helped over 2,000 people across all 50 states of the USA to grow their own food. This year, we’re are back at it again, giving away free garden starter kits to 2,000 more people to help them grow their own food.
The garden starter kit includes seeds for healthy greens like kale, arugula and spinach, nourishing veggies like carrots and beets, and tasty herbs like basil and cilantro. We’ll send you a small amount of each seed, which provides enough for a small to medium sized garden! Plus, we will send you a mix of flowers, which will support the beneficial insects, bees and butterflies in your community and provide you with beautiful visuals and fragrant smells. That’s quite the garden, all from one envelope in the mail!
We want to increase access to organic gardening and healthy food for as many people as we can. If you were to go to the store and purchase 15 or so different packs of seeds it might cost around $40. By ordering in bulk, we are able to provide seed starter kits at a cost to us of less than $2 including shipping. This kit provides the recipient with enough seeds to start a small garden in their yard, a community garden plot, fill up pots on their balcony or patio, or anywhere they’d like.
In 2018 we offered the Free Seed Project to anyone who submitted a request. Due to extremely high demand in 2018 we have changed our mission slightly. We are focusing our efforts on helping people who would not otherwise get to grow their own food or who have never grown food before. We are offering seeds to people who can’t otherwise afford or access seeds as well as groups/ people that are helping others without access to healthy home-grown food and people who have never grown food before.
(At this time, we have reached our first round limit of 2,000 free seed packs to give out for spring 2019. We may be sending out more packs so please sign up to be added to our waiting list. We will send an email by April 1st to let everyone know if we will be sending out more packs.)
Help the Free Seed Project and Get Involved
Send us photos! We’d love to share your story and inspire more people to grow their own food. Please send us photos of you with the seed pack in the space you are going to garden. Please send us a before and after photo of the garden and any other photos you’d like! You can send them to [email protected]
Share food with your community. Let’s create a culture of sharing our own home-grown food with each other. One of the most powerful ways to stand up against the big food corporations is to create a strong community of people who can produce their own food! Learn about Freestyle Gardening!
Save some seed. If you let one or two of each plant go to seed, then you can turn one seed we supplied you into thousands! One kale plant can yield hundreds of seeds. We don’t provide enough seed for you to start a giant garden in the first year, but if you save seed you can increase the size of your garden each year, without spending any extra money or resources. Soon you could even take on the Free Seed Project role, and give out free seeds to everyone in your community!
Teach someone. We are focused on helping beginner gardeners but if you’re an experienced gardener we’d love your help! Maybe you have a neighbor or friend who’d benefit from growing their own healthy vegetables…share the seeds with them, and help them get growing! And please subscribe to our Facebook Group to help us answer questions from novice gardeners.
Why We’re Doing This
The American food system is largely broken. Less than one hundred years ago, we knew where our food was coming from and we could recognize what we were putting on our tables. Today we are eating more “food-like-substances” than actual food and the majority of our food is controlled by a handful of mega-corporations. The average meal in the USA travels 1,500 miles from farm to fork and has a huge fossil fuel footprint. Food deserts exist all across the nation where there is no access to healthy food. Nearly fifty-million Americans are food insecure, including tens of millions of children and elders. Even most organic food at the big supermarkets comes from Big Organic, which uses an incredible amount of fossil fuels and is held to a low standard compared to true organic.
It truly is amazing what a handful of seeds can create. Seeds, some soil and a little water can feed you, year after year.
As Ron Finley says, “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”