Seeds available for educational garden programs

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Brookings – To assist educational gardens across the state of South Dakota, SDSU Extension is offering 15 vegetable packets per project, for up to 30 gardens.

The donated seeds are only intended for newly starting and established educational gardens for youth or adults in the state of South Dakota.

Eligible projects include gardens for schools, learning centers, daycares, 4-H clubs or other non-profit groups, where the produce will be used as part of the program or freely shared with those of need in the community.

Qualified projects must include an educational component with at least 15 participants, meaning they must have a formal program where the garden is being utilized as a tool for teaching and learning.

Seeds are given on a first-come, first serve basis, based on application date. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 28 or until 30 gardens are awarded packets.

To apply participants must complete the Seed Bank Application located at: http://igrow.org/up/resources/

06-1000-2013.pdf. Deliver or mail the application to the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls, at 2001 E. 8th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57103. Or email the application to Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu.

Participants must complete a short follow-up report to summarize participation and project impact by Oct. 14, 2013 to be considered for future seed grants. Participants should be prepared to track pounds of produce grown/donated during the project.

Seed packets were donated from a number of individuals across the regions to assist with these types of gardening efforts. The Extension Service is storing the seeds and coordinating the seed bank effort.

If individuals are interested in donating seeds packaged for the 2013 growing season, contact Zdorovtsov at 605-782-3290 or Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu . Unopened seed packets less than one year old are preferred.