The Free Seed Project
Grow your own healthy, organic food!
With the Free Seed Project, we encourage people to deepen their connection with Earth by providing seeds to community stewards as an alternative to the global, industrial food system.
In the past four years, we have sent over 30,000 free seed packs to individuals and organizations in all 50 US states!
These seeds are fueling community building, selfless giving, and healthy eating.
Participants in The Free Seed Project receive a garden growing kit that includes:
- A variety of hearty veggies
- Tasty herbs and healing greens to nourish the body and mind
- A variety of beautiful and fragrant flowers for our bee, butterfly, and pollinator friends (and our enjoyment too)!
- Resources for instructions on how to grow a garden
- Resources for seed saving, where you can learn how to turn this pack into more seeds and food year after year by growing and saving your seeds!
- Access to an Online Community with other Free Seed Project growers through the Free Seed Project Facebook Group
The mission of the Free Seed Project is to increase access to organic gardening and healthy food for as many people as possible. Priority goes to those people who:
- would not otherwise be able to afford or access quality seeds
- grow food to share with others who have low access to healthy food
- first-time gardeners
- are using the seeds in an educational setting
- are redistributing seeds to members of their community
(Seed packs are available for United States addresses only due to the high cost of international shipping and regulations around shipping seeds internationally.)
We provide three different types of Free Seed Project packs
Please read the options available below and request the kit that most fits your needs and goals.
We are currently collecting requests for spring 2023!
If you qualify, you can sign up for our waiting list below. We will register you in our database and notify you on our next mailing, most likely during spring 2023.
Those of you who live in warm zones with fall planting may receive some then.
This pack is for individuals with personal gardens. We send enough seeds to start a garden that will fill each person’s life with health and happiness and contribute to regenerating our Earth. That’s quite the garden, all from one envelope in the mail!
With 10,000 packs shipped every season, it is our most commonly requested kit. It helps us put thousands of free seeds in the hands of beginner gardeners, those with low access to seeds/food, and those growing to share their bounties.
This pack is for organizations or individuals growing food on a larger scale, usually for their community. We supply a quantity of seeds fit for community gardens, school gardens, non-profit farms, Free Seed Libraries, and those creating food sovereignty in their community.
This pack is for organizations or individuals wishing to create a Free Seed Library or replenish an existing one. A Free Seed Library is set up inside publicly accessible places to provide seeds and help others grow their food! This pack includes the contents of the Community Pack, as well as 20 Free Seed Project packs.
To stay up to date on when we will offer seed packs in the future and get involved with our current programs, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Live_Like_Ally, where we will be sharing lots of great content and resources!
You can help increase community access to fresh foods, sustainable alternatives and build resiliency through our other programs. Visit our webpage to find out more about Community Fruit Trees, Community Compost, and Free Seed Library!
Why We’re Doing This
The US American food system is broken. Less than one hundred years ago, we knew where our food was coming from and could recognize what we were putting on our tables.
Today, a handful of mega-corporations control the majority of our food. As a result, we end up eating more and more food-like substances instead of actual food.
The average meal in the USA travels 1,500 miles from farm to fork and has a massive fossil fuel footprint.
Food deserts, urban areas where good-quality food is hard to come by, exist all across the nation.
Nearly fifty million US Americans are food insecure, including tens of millions of children and elders.
Even most organic food at the big supermarkets comes from Big Organic corporations, which use an incredible amount of fossil fuels and adopt lower standards than true organic.
All you need is a handful of seeds, some soil, and water, and you can feed yourself AND your community year after year. As Ron Finley says, “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”
Help the Free Seed Project and Get Involved
Like the Live Like Ally Facebook page and follow them on Instagram @Live_Like_Ally Follow the stories of new gardeners, get tips on how to grow food, and be the first to know when we have opportunities for free seeds and fruit trees!
Send us photos! Share your story with before-and-after pictures of the garden you’ve created to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share food with your community. Let’s create a culture of sharing our home-grown food with each other. Stand up against the big food corporations by creating a resilient community of people who can produce their food!
Save some seed. If you let one or two of each plant go to seed, then you can turn one seed we supplied you into thousands!
Save your seeds and increase the size of your garden each year without spending any extra money or resources.
Share your extra seeds with people in your community! Here is our Seed Saving Resource Guide for all the information you need on the topic.
Teach someone. We are focused on helping beginner gardeners, but if you’re an experienced one, we’d love your help!
Maybe you have a neighbor or friend who’d benefit from growing their healthy vegetables. Share the seeds with them, and help them get growing! And please subscribe to our Facebook Group to help us answer questions from novice gardeners.
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