Community Garden: Seed Drive

April 13th


We’re getting close to ground breaking on the vegetable plots with the refugee families and community members. A few hurdles stand in our way, other than the wicked Bermuda grass. Namely, we are trying to create a source of food security, potential income and community togetherness out of a field, with few resources other than a group of dedicated volunteers. Many of you have left the most encouraging comments about this project; I am very thankful. I am also hoping you’ll make a $2 investment and become part of this great vision.

I would like to collect as many seed packets as possible in the next month. The more seeds I can collect, the more food we’ll be able to grow, the less money we’ll have to spend on these materials (vs. the lengthy list of other needs) and it is a simple way to become part of something with amazing potential. Considering we’ll plant the first week of May in Phoenix, these are the seeds I’m looking for: blackeye peas, eggplant, cucumber, melon, okra, pumpkins, peppers, squash, tomatillos, watermelon and sunflowers. I may be breaking state law by asking you to mail me a packet of seeds from your home (or preferrably from your garden!), but hopefully the postal/agricultural gods will stare at the sun for a moment.

If you are interested in gathering and sending seed — whether purchased or heirloom — please let me know. I would sincerely appreciate it and can promise you lots of photos of your good deed making a positive change for a poor community in Arizona.



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16 Responses

  1. I would love to send you some seeds, send me your address. Also, if you find black-eye pea seeds let me know where you got them. I haven’t found them anywhere yet. Not that I have looked that hard, but I have looked.

  2. Kelli, I have some watermelon seeds I didn’t have room to plant and I would be delighted to send them your way.
    And I have extra bean seeds, I know they aren’t on your list but let me know if you would like them.

  3. Is that against the law to mail seeds? Hum, I’m not sure. Do you want money to go buy seeds? Would that be easier? (A $2 donation would be quite easy my friend.)

  4. I dropped you a note with your “contact me” button! I’d be happy to send seeds!

  5. I would be happy to send some seeds, as I do need to make it to the seed shop this week myself. I had your address before but can’t find it now. can you send it to me again. Thanks and Happy Gorwing!

  6. You got it. I’ll sort through the stash and send you anything that fits your recs.

    Meanwhile, if you want to take some tips from a great gardener doing a $25 organic garden experiment, I recommend Joe Lamp’l’s strategies for gardening on the cheap. Plus, he’s a character.

  7. Juliann April 13, 2009

    Count me in. Let me know where to send them. Any any suggestions on a good place to purchase seeds in the Phoenix area?

  8. I’d be glad to look through my seed stash & send some to you. LMK where to send them!

  9. Where should I send the money/seeds?

  10. Barbara April 13, 2009

    Happy to send along some seeds. Just let me know the details of where to send.

  11. Do you have a PayPal account? Or could I send you a check? I’ll make it for $10.

  12. Me too! If you set up a Paypal account, I’ll send you some money!

  13. Do you think I can send you something from Italy?

  14. Kelli,
    Please include me in…….for seed donation or $$$.
    You are a wonderful person doing wonderful things!

  15. opalesc April 14, 2009

    Campbell’s soup is giving away free tomato seeds. Check it out here: Also make sure to click on the grow button to help them donate seeds to FFA chapters across America.

  16. Amy Ashley April 14, 2009

    I would be glad to send some seeds! Just send an address and we will pick some up an mail them.