The Seed Project Foundation funds educational, agricultural, and community initiatives that support sustainability. Sustainability is a social challenge that improves the current quality of life without compromising future generations.
The Foundation was established on the premise that funding sustainable ideas today will support ecological and social balance in the future. Providing seed money for causes that enhance the principles of sustainability is our mission.
Collin County Master Gardeners Association (CCMGA)
The CCMGA operates an after-school Garden Club Class at Caldwell Elementary School in McKinney. Caldwell is a Title 1 school with a high percentage of students from low-income families. Run entirely by their volunteers, the CCMGA introduces kids in the program to Earth-Kind gardening principles in their school garden and teach the importance of healthy eating, encouraging students take the harvest home to share with their families.
Created in 2016 by three local moms, nonprofit McKinney Roots is a five-acre donation garden dedicated to growing organic produce for the food insecure in Collin County. They've partnered with several food pantry facilities and shelters (such as the Samaritan Inn and Shiloh Place) to supplement their existing food distributions with fresh, locally grown produce and eggs.
Leonard Future Farmers of America (FFA)
The FFA program at Leonard High School currently includes 80 students, limited only by the space and conditions of their facilities. With our grant, they have built four additional pens and made other improvements to their Ag barn, allowing them to house more animals so more students can participate in the program.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance's (FARFA) Farm and Food Leadership Conference
FARFA is an advocacy organization for independent farmers, ranchers, livestock owners, and homesteaders, as well as the consumers who support them. FARFA has decided to hold their annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference in McKinney again this year, and we are proud to be a sponsor. Farmers, ranchers, chefs, and local food enthusiasts are all encouraged to become members of FARFA and attend the conference on October 14-16. Register for the conference online at: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/farm-food-leadership-conference/registration/
The SPF underwrites a series of North Texas Farm-to-Table Symposiums every year. These events bring together farmers, ranchers, artisans, distillers, and chefs to network in order to keep North Texas a leader at the forefront of the Food Movement.
Farm Crisis Fund (FCF)
In 2017 we launched our Farm Crisis Fund, dedicated to helping our local farmers and ranchers in times of economic crises or natural disasters.
Do you have a nonprofit that would like to apply for a grant from the Seed Project Foundation? Our application period runs October 1st through December 31st for grants to be awarded in 2019. You can apply online here: