Free Seed Project FAQ

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This is the FAQ for Free Seed Project.

Questions about how to use the seeds/ how to start a garden/ how to grow food?
See the Free Seed Project Gardening Guide. This is an extensive and comprehensive resource.


What seeds are inside the pack?

This pack includes healing greens, hearty veggies, tasty herbs and a mix of beautiful and fragrant flowers for our bee, butterfly and pollinator friends. There are enough seeds for you to start a good-sized garden. You can learn about what’s in the pack here. This page shares details about each seed variety that we supply along with growing instructions.


Do we ship seeds internationally?

The Free Seed Project is located in the United States and Free Seed Packs are available for United States addresses only at this time. Why? Agricultural regulations make it prohibitively difficult and expensive to ship outside of the United States. Shipping internationally is also prohibitively expensive and we are able to serve more people by focusing our funds and resources within the country we live in. We hope to expand internationally at some point. We are not able to send internationally even for those that offer to pay shipping for shipping internationally.


I received seeds from the Free Seed Project last year. Do I need to sign up again for this year?

To receive seeds you must sign up each year. We do not have a running list from year to year.


I was on the waitlist. Do I still need to sign up to receive seeds?

Yes, the waitlist is only a list to receive a notification once we have seeds available. When we move from the waiting list to the signup list we send an email to each person who added their email to the waitlist letting them know that they can now sign up for a Free Seed Pack.


I tried to get seeds last year and didn’t get any. Why?

There are a few reasons you may not have received seeds. You may have been on the waitlist, but never on the sign up list. A small percentage of mail gets lost by USPS. Your envelope may have been lost. Some people don’t put in their address correctly and so it doesn’t arrive. Sometimes our emails go to spam or get buried. We may have been notified about any issues, without you receiving the email. We may have made a mistake too. It happens. We are a grassroots organization and we work with a lot of volunteers. We do a pretty good job and provide seeds to many people, but we are not perfect.


Can I sign up for more than one pack?

A lot of people accidentally sign up twice, so we remove duplicates. If there are multiple people that would like to receive seeds you can have each of them sign up. You can use the same mailing address and email, but it must be a different name requesting the seeds.


Where are the seeds you provide sourced from?

We source our seeds from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. “For 49 years Johnny’s has set the standard for high seed quality, meeting or exceeding federal minimum requirements for germination rates, pathogen testing, and traceability.” Fully employee owned, they pledge to supply non-GMO safe seeds.


Are the seeds you provide organic? Are the seeds GMO/ GE/ genetically engineered?

All of the seeds we provide are very high quality and from Johnny’s Seeds which has a high standard of ethics. We source 100% non-GMO/non-GE seeds, with absolutely no exceptions.

Many of the seeds we provide are organic, but not all of them. To provide all organic would mean substantially decreasing the number of people we could serve. We purchase organic where the cost increase is minimal and choose the non-organic options where the price is substantially different. We are fully confident that the seeds we provide are of high quality to grow a healthy and abundant garden. These seeds can all be grown organically without pesticides.


Why do you use plastic bags for the Free Seed Pack?

Thank you for caring about sustainability! We have done extensive research and explored every option we can find and using plastic bags is the only financially viable way we have found to be able to provide free seed packs to 10,000+ people per year.

To switch to paper bags would increase prices so substantially that it would mean providing seeds to way fewer people. We believe that the most impactful way that we can run the Free Seed Project is to maximize the number of people we serve, even if that means doing it a little bit less sustainably. The plastic in this envelope provides enough seeds to produce hundreds of dollars worth of food, for substantially less plastic than one single plastic wrapped fruit or veggie at the store. We are fully confident that the benefits for Earth and humanity far outweigh the cost. We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t believe it.


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