Seeds available for educational garden programs
BROOKINGS -- To assist educational gardens across the state of South Dakota, South Dakota State University Extension is offering 20 vegetable packets per project, for up to 50 gardens.
BROOKINGS - To assist educational gardens across the state of South Dakota, South Dakota State University Extension is offering 20 vegetable packets per project, for up to 50 gardens.
The donated seeds are intended for newly starting and established educational gardens for youth or adults in the state of South Dakota.
Eligible projects include gardens for schools, learning centers, daycares, 4-H clubs or other non-profit groups, where the produce will be used as part of the program or freely shared with those of need in the community.
Qualified projects must include an educational component with at least 15 participants, meaning they must have a formal program where the garden is being utilized as a tool for teaching and learning.
Seeds are given on a first-come, first serve basis, based on application date. Applications will be accepted until Jan 16 or until 50 gardens are awarded packets.
To apply participants must complete the Seed Bank Application located at: http://igrow.org/up/resources/06-1011-2014.pdf . Deliver or mail the application to the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls, at 2001 E. Eighth St., Sioux Falls, S.D., 57103. Or email the application to SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist Christina Zdorovtsov at Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu .
Seed packets were donated from a number of individuals, businesses and organizations from across the region, including the Pennington County and Hot Springs Master Gardeners and Lowe's Home Improvement in Rapid City. The Extension Service is storing the seeds and coordinating the seed bank effort.
If individuals are interested in donating seeds packaged for the 2015 growing season, contact Zdorovtsov at (605) 782-3290 or Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu . Unopened seed packets less than one year old are preferred.