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2020 Donations That Made A Difference

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 non­profit organizations at the end of the season. We are pleased to share just a few successful outcomes.


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York Poquoson Master Gardeners
Poquoson, VA

"Nate Brauner, York/Poquoson Master Gardener, established a partnership with the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) of Hampton Roads. YVC were working with food pantries to provide fresh vegetables to residents in the food desert of south Newport News, VA. A church donated the land, and they are in the first season of figuring out how to use the new Parkview Community Garden. Earlier this year, Nate helped them with a seed starting project there where the YVC used seeds to start their plants at home, and later plant them in the garden. Nate Brauner provided the instruction and the seeds – many of them were ones donated from Renee. On August 20, 2020, one of their tasks was to harvest some of the produce. Most of it will go to the local food bank and a kitchen that serves homeless. Some of it will go to feed low income families that live around the church. The photos below show the kids harvesting the area that was planted with Renee’s seeds and a look at the total amount that they harvested that day. The whole project was a great learning opportunity. There were a lot of lessons to be taught during the activities."

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Civic Garden Center
Cincinnati, OH

"Thank you for supporting our mission of Building Community through Gardening Education and Environmental Stewardship with a seed donation. This year has seen an enormous interest in growing food and an overwhelming need to feed people. In addition to the Community Gardens Program, the Civic Garden Center started a Victory Gardens Program, as well.
As several of our 73 community gardens are located in underserved neighborhoods, they really appreciate the opportunity to choose from the wide selection of donated seeds each year. Additionally, the Victory Gardens Program has recruited mentors to work in three targeted communities to empower through food production. You have been generous with donations of seeds for our program."

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Botanical Community Development Initiatives
Oceanside, CA

"We are so incredibly grateful for the generous donation of seeds last year for our farm, education, and nutrition programs. I have attached several photos of seeds sorted, shared, being planted, enjoyed, and displayed! We have given away seeds at tabling events and shared them with volunteers who came to the farm. We used the seeds to grow food for local state-funded preschools at our farm, Community Roots Farm. We also gave seeds to local preschools who's garden beds we help to manage as well as to some local high schools that also have school gardens. New this last year was our support in seeds to several elementary school gardens as well. They have brought so much joy and nourishment to our community. Thank you so much!" 

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Bronx Green-Up
Bronx, NY

"Bronx Green-Up, the New York Botanical Garden’s community gardening outreach program, assists non-profit organization in helping the community, and school gardens and urban farms in the Bronx. We have helped to create over 300 gardens and farms in the Bronx since the programs inception in 1988. Our work is threefold: we are trainers in urban horticulture; partners on Bronx greening projects, most often in community gardens and urban farms; and a conduit for bringing people and resources together to bring these projects to fruition. We create and redevelop urban green space. We teach people of all ages how to care for urban land and grow food with limited resources. We partner with local individuals, groups, and institutions to further community gardening efforts. Bronx Green-Up offers free horticulture certificate programs and workshops throughout the year. Our certificate series—Grow More Vegetables, Soil is Alive, and Pruning—combine classroom instruction with hands-on practice in local community gardens. Those that participate in our programs give back to their communities, volunteering hours and/or creating their own projects. Our workshops take place in community gardens and urban farms, on topics like seed starting, fruit tree care, weed identification, and more. We also host free community events such as the Harvest Festival and distribute thousands of bulbs, seed packets, and plants."

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Duke Farms Foundation
Hillsborough, NJ

"Thank you so much for your generous donation of seed to support our giving garden program. In 5 years, we have grown and donated over 17,600 pounds of food to local food banks and shelters within Somerset County, NJ. This program is run nearly entirely by volunteers! Our goal for 2020 is to add another 5,000 pounds of food to that total. I have attached pictures of our program- feel free to share on your website or newsletter recognizing “Duke Farms Community Garden” as the photographer."

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Seattle's Giving Garden Network
Seattle, WA

"We thank you for your support during this surreal 2020. Seattle’s Giving Garden Network is a loose collaboration of community p-patches, mission kitchen gardens and small food bank organizations sharing produce with needy neighbors. Though our spring Gather was cancelled we distributed the seeds you’d so generously provided directly to these collaborators, and to food bank clients, City of Seattle low income gardeners, and to Northwest Harvest. We also sowed some of the seeds in the backyard Sprouts program (neighbors’ greenhouses in Seattle’s Ballard, Magnolia, and South Park neighborhoods.) This year the friends and neighbors who support this program realized there’d be an increased need – and grew over 23500 starts (Full disclosure: we got tired, and we quit counting.) All the sprouts were distributed to eager Giving Gardeners and food bank clients."

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Hardin County Extension
Elizabethtown, KY

"In 2020 we provided the generous seed donations to Hardin County 4-Hers for Horticulture projects, and two Community Gardens which provided over 4,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries. The “face” of food insecurity looks different this year. In 2019 it seemed more of a supplement, whereas in 2020 there was deeper need. We noted that there are elderly community members who can no longer garden at their own properties but they benefit from “The Cart” which helped create dignity in two ways: If physically able, they came and helped in the community donation garden. If not, they were able to partake from “The Cart.” The elderly on fixed income were able to benefit from the garden and expand their nutritional choices. We also had single-income households such as mothers who were unable to work due to COVID-19 and other factors who utilized the garden. Although we were not able to host a Horticulture Workshop for the 4-H programs, seeds were distributed to 4-H clubs so families could grow together and 4-Hers had the option to exhibit produce and or flowers at the Fair. Citizens also came to the Extension Office for seeds when they had exhausted other means of locating or purchasing seeds to plant a garden. Thank you for the opportunity to provide our local community and citizens' seeds!"

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UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

"As part of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, I provide technical assistance to upstart community gardens in rural, low-income regions in the state. Our outreach is grant funded, with very limited resources. Your seed donation extends the capacity of our funding to allow these developing gardeners to build the infrastructure and community support they need for successful growing. Renee's Garden provided our program with seeds this past year, which were enthusiastically received and cultivated by our garden partners. It exposed them to a quality seed source, especially in comparison to the hardware store varieties they’re accustomed to seeing in the places where they live. Pictured is a mess of collards at a community garden in Soul City, NC."

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