Seed2Need is a non--profit, 100% volunteer organization. Our mission is to generate fresh produce for the food pantries in our community. We do this through three initiatives (1) growing approximately 2 acres of vegetable gardens (2) gleaning fruit from local orchards and (3) soliciting produce donations and promoting a "grow a row" program at the Corrales grower's market. Over the past four years, Seed2Need has donated over 180,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to fifteen food assistance programs in Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties. Our core group of volunteers are Sandoval County Master Gardeners. However, we also receive significant help from hundreds of volunteers from the general public including Eagle Scout candidates, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, American Heritage Girls, church groups, 4-H, volunteers from the food pantries and private citizens who have read about our project in the newspapers. Land and irrigation water are donated by Corrales property owners. Funding comes from local business, grants and private individuals in the community. Food pantries pick up their produce directly from the gardens so it is often distributed to the families who need it within hours of harvest. Crops are selected based on nutritional value, interviews with the food pantries, productivity, length of harvest, and regional taste. An example of regional taste is green chile, a New Mexico staple, high in vitamin C and indispensible for flavoring commodities like beans and rice.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA