The Free Seed Project
Grow your own healthy, organic food!
With the Free Seed Project, we provide seeds to community stewards as an alternative to the global, industrial food system, and to encourage people to make a deeper connection with Earth. Since we began in 2018, we have sent 30,000 free seed packs to individuals and organizations in all 50 US states!
These seeds are are fueling community building, selfless giving, and healthy eating.
Participants in The Free Seed Project receive a garden starter kit that includes:
- a variety of hearty veggies
- tasty herbs and healing greens to nourish the body and mind
- a mix of beautiful and fragrant flowers for our bee, butterfly and pollinator friends (and our enjoyment too)!
- our seed saving guide where you can learn how to turn this pack into more seeds and food year after year by growing and saving your own seeds!
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!
The mission of the Free Seed Project is to increase access to organic gardening and healthy food for as many people as we can. We prioritize providing seeds to 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
(Seed packs are available for United States addresses only due to the high cost of shipping internationally and regulations around shipping seeds internationally.)
We are currently collecting requests for spring 2023!
We are so enthused by the excitement and participation of this project! You can sign up for our waiting list below if you qualify for free seeds. If you sign up, you will be registered in our database to be notified of our next mailing; most likely spring 2023. Those of you who live in warm zones with fall planting may receive some then.
To stay up to date on when we will offer seed packs in the future and to get involved with our current programming; follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Live_Like_Ally, where we will be sharing lots of great content and resources!
You can still help increase community access to fresh foods, sustainable systems, and build resiliency through our other programming. Visit our webpage to find out more about Community Fruit Trees, Community Compost, and Free Seed Library!
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 photos of the garden you’ve created to firstname.lastname@example.org
Share food with your community. Let’s create a culture of sharing our own home-grown food with each other. Stand up against the big food corporations by creating a strong community of people who can produce our own 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 you can increase the size of your garden each year, without spending any extra money or resources. Share your extra seeds with people in your community!
Teach someone. We are focused on helping beginner gardeners but if you’re an experienced gardener we’d love your help! Maybe you have a neighbor or friend who’d benefit from growing their own 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.
Why We’re Doing This
The US American food system is largely broken. Less than one hundred years ago, we knew where our food was coming from and we could recognize what we were putting on our tables. Today we are eating more “food-like-substances” than actual food and the majority of our food is controlled by a handful of mega-corporations. The average meal in the USA travels 1,500 miles from farm to fork and has a huge fossil fuel footprint. Food deserts exist all across the nation where there is no access to healthy food. 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 uses an incredible amount of fossil fuels and is held to a low standard compared to 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.”
The Free Seed Project is brought to you by Rob Greenfield and Live Like Ally Foundation.
To learn more about their partnership click here.