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SDSU Extension seeks vegetable seed donations for school gardens

BROOKINGS — Educational gardens are popping up across the state. To assist with these teaching gardening efforts, SDSU Extension seeks seed donations to assist with these projects. In 2014, 33 school and youth garden programs across the state each received 20 seed packets from this effort.

The donated seeds are intended only for newly starting and established gardens that offer an educational program.

Eligible projects include gardens for schools, learning centers, daycares, 4-H clubs or other non-profit group in South Dakota, where the produce will be used as part of the program or freely shared with those of need. Qualified projects must include an educational component.

Unopened seed packets with varieties that are appropriate to South Dakota are requested. Vegetable seeds are highest priority, but flower seeds will also be accepted. Certified seed potatoes and onion sets or transplants would also be welcomed in the spring.

Ideally, seeds would have been stored in cool, dark conditions where they were not exposed to moisture or temperature extremes or are purchased new for the 2015 growing season. Please consider the age of the seeds when donating. Older seeds have reduced germination rates so please only donate seeds packaged for 2014 or 2015.

Please consider donating to educational garden programs across the state. Deliver or mail seed donations to SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls, 2001 E. Eighth St., Sioux Falls, S.D., 57103. Attn: Chris Zdorovtsov.

Applications for donated seed open December 2014

If you are interested in receiving donated seeds, please call the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls in December for an application. An application notice will also be sent on the SDSU Youth Gardening LISTSERV in December.

To join the LISTSERV or for additional information on this project, please contact Chris Zdorovtsov, SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist, at 782-3290 or at