The Seed Project
In 1989, the Society of St. Andrew began the Seed Potato Project, a self-help program for some of the poorest regions of our country. The program has since been expanded to include seeds for other produce.
The Seed Project renames and strategically extends SoSA’s historical Seed Potato Project, which for more than 30 years has provided seed potatoes to Appalachian farmers each spring.
The Society of St. Andrew knows enough food is produced in the United States to feed every hungry individual. But SoSA also knows food is not always grown where it is needed most.
Partners and recipients include Appalachian farmers and other partners in food deserts, rural areas, community gardens, inner-city gardens, edible church gardens, and schools. The Seed Project focuses specifically on food desert areas, community gardens, inner city gardens, edible churchyards, and church gardens, and Title I/Community Eligibility school garden projects.
The Seed Project’s success is built on a partnership with SPI (Seed Programs International), a North Carolina-based nonprofit that has spent decades developing hardy seeds for domestic and international hunger relief programs. Initially, this joint venture began as a collaboration between SoSA and SPI (Seed Programs International) to prevent good seeds from being discarded as waste due to packaging and other superficial errors.
Families that receive seed potatoes from the Society of St. Andrew use them to grow potatoes in their homes or community gardens. The recipients prepare the fields, plant the seed potatoes, cultivate the crop, and harvest the produce. This food supplements the family diet with nutritious potatoes throughout the winter.
It is truly a cooperative effort to feed people in need through this innovative self-help program.