Every year, Renee's Garden donates seeds to a wide variety of organizations and educational programs worldwide that strive to improve social, economic and health conditions, and promote sustainable organic
gardening. We also encourage retailers to donate unsold Renee's Garden seeds to local non-profit organizations at the end of the season. We are pleased to share their successful outcomes.
Center for Environment Technology and Rural Development
CETRUD was founded with the purpose of addressing poverty, environment, and health issues by providing appropriate technology and relevant development services to poor communities and is based in the Rwenzori region of Uganda.
Through donated seeds, CETRUD has been able to distribute seeds to many farmers and schools to establish their own gardens. As seeds are very expensive and not available in Uganda, this program has been very helpful to the farmers with whom we are working in the region. We shall continue this program so
that many families can have their own gardens, therefore improve their nutrition and income.
The HWES School is in Northeast Arkansas in an area that is relatively poor and
rural with about 70% of the students coming from low income families. Starting
with three Bermuda grass infested courtyards and an abandoned former cafeteria,
they now have a greenhouse, three outdoor classrooms with over 20 raised beds,
an outdoor kitchen area and a classroom sized kitchen. The past 5 years have seen a huge change in children's pallet for fresh produce. The difference has been the children having ownership in the planting, watering, pampering
and harvesting of THEIR garden. Our students host a plant sale, Grandparents Day, and Parent Appreciation Breakfast (that the students cook), and these events have greatly increased parent engagement.
Renee’s Garden adopted this program for 2013 and invited customers to join us. In addition to matching contributions, Renee provides continuing financial support.
Bethel Terrace Senior Residence, Chicago IL
"Bethel Terrace is an independent apartment complex for senior and disabled persons and provides housing for very low income residents. The Englewood community is coined a "food desert" by the city of Chicago. This senior garden is one of the ways residents feel they can change their neighborhood in a positive way. What
we desperately need in this community is fresh produce, and growing fresh vegetables in this garden is bringing about change in the health and lives of residents. The garden is also safe haven in a part of the city where many people are afraid to spend time with their children outdoors."
Some of the other fine non-profit organizations that receive our seeds include:
16th Ward-Palmyra Stake Welfare Garden
Spanish Fork, UT
New York City, NY
Jack London Elementary School Garden
Contra Costa Master Gardeners
Temple University Food Crops Garden
City of Joy
Democratic Republic of Congo
Santa Clara Catholic Charities
Yara Community Garden
Moose Jaw, SK Canada
Anchorage School Program
Baton Rouge Herb Society
Baton Rouge, LA
Volunteer Horticultural Therapy Group
York/Poquoson Master Gardeners
Opportunity Center "Green Machine"
Fairfield Co. Bd. of Developmental Disabilities