The Free Seed Project
We’re on a mission to help people grow their own healthy, organic food.
If you’d like to start a garden, your seeds are on us!
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. We’re doing this by launching the Free Seed Project, giving away free garden starter kits to 2,000 people across the United States to grow their own food this spring.
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 about 20 of each seed, which gives you enough seed for 200 to 500 plants! 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 20 to 25 different packs of seeds it might cost around $50. By ordering in bulk, we are able to provide seed starter kits at a cost to us of just $2 including shipping. This kit will provide you with enough seeds to start a small garden in your yard, a community garden plot, fill up pots on your balcony or patio, or anywhere you’d like.
We have reached our goal of providing 2,000 free seed kits and are hard at work to get all of these mailed. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to send out any more free seed packs for the spring 2018 season.
We hope to continue providing free garden starter seeds in the future. Please sign up on our waiting list and we will contact you if and when we do.
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.”