Community Garden: Seed Drive


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.



16 Replies to “Community Garden: Seed Drive”

  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. 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!

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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