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Nanaimo Food Share Class having fun with seed donations from West Coast Seeds.
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“Gratitude” from Forest Grove Elementary School, Burnaby, B.C.

Each year West Coast Seeds supports groups and organizations locally and worldwide by supplying seeds through our generous seed donations program. Our intention is to encourage sustainable organic growing practices by providing seed and materials in support of growing and educational programs to those working hard to make this happen. It is gratifying to partner with individuals and organizations with these same values, many of whom share their successes with us. A variety of organizations benefit, including schools, food bank gardens, charity growing and education programs, food security, religious organizations, and more.

If your group or organization would like to participate in our West Coast Seeds seed donations program, please contact sharon@westcoastseeds.com with some information about your group and to obtain the seed donation request form.

Here are some Charitable Organizations near and far we have worked with this year: If you or your organization would like to donate to any of these organizations directly or read more about their garden projects in hand, simply follow the links provided below.

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Growing Tomatoes in the Greenhouse, Sonrise-Church-Zimbabwe

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  • There are over 1,000,000 orphans in Zimbabwe and their plight is heightened by an economy collapsing with five years of famine and a corrupt government.
  • In August 2007 a team of eleven people from Sonrise traveled to Zimbabwe to help build an orphan feeding center, to provide funds for food, medicines and schooling and to explore the opportunities for Canadians to help save a generation of Zimbabweans.
  • In the last three years, many Canadians have partnered with us to provide food, medicines, and school fees for orphans being cared for by the ACOP churches of Zimbabwe. In 2010 and 2011 we were able to resource the care for orphans with just over $100,000 each year! Your donations will continue this help to hundreds of impoverished children.
  • West Coast Seeds is a proud contributor, with Seed Donations that Grow Food!! read more about the Sonrise church gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aldea Maya Garden in Guatamala
Aldea Maya Garden in Guatamala

Aldea Maya

The Aldea Maya is a non profit grassroots organization working in the Lake Atitlan area of the Guatemalan highlands. The focus of the charity is assisting the indigenous Mayans to help themselves through education, nutrition, garden projects or micro-loans. As of June 1, 2013, Aldea Maya became a Registered Canadian Charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINC Society Harvesting Field Cucmbers
LINC Society Harvesting Field Cucmbers

L.I.N.C.

L.I.N.C. is an organization that works with all people impacted by the criminal justice system. Emma’s Acres has provides positive learning and sharing experiences for both victims and offenders. West Coast Seeds is proud to include Lincs in our seed donation program.

 

 

 

 

Gardening Sisters at Thrangu Tara Abbey, Nepal
Gardening Sisters at Thrangu Tara Abbey, Nepal

Thrangu Tara Abbey, Nepal

Thrangu Tara Abbey is a nunnery established for Buddhist nuns by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. It is located in Swayambunath on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Swayambu is a special spiritual place named after the famous Swayambu Stupa. Many monasteries, temples and a large community of Tibetans are nearby.  In 1991, the first group of 17 nuns arrived from the province of Manang, Nepal, near the Tibetan border. The nuns shown above are affiliated with Thrangu Rinpoche and provide much needed  education to local residents.

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Abbott visits West Coast Seeds, Sharon, Abbott, Kristen and Lori

 

 

 

Sharon is our Seed Donation co-ordinator (one of her many hats). This summer lots of fun when the Abbott from the Thrangu Tara Abbey arrived for a visit.  Please find our seed donation request letter here.

If you have received seed donations in the past and would like to share photos, be sure to contact sharon@westcoastseeds.com