Our Flagship Projects
From its flagship farm at 33rd St. and Avenue N, and auxiliary farm sites over the years, Seeding Galveston has moved forward with laser focus and hundreds of thousands of hours of plain old hands in the dirt hard work. Our Harvest Morning market reaches hundreds each month; donations to food banks assist a different population. A CSA provides an option for people with no time to come to the market; a community garden targets apartment & condo dwellers. Students work with us through the Sprouts project. Community members and businesses bring their compostables so we can turn them into soil.
We are engaged in the vital work of placing gardens in as many backyards (or front yards) as possible, teaching residents to grow healthy food and then cook it so that everyone in the family is excited. We built a garden for an elderly cancer patient whose doctor insists she eat lots of healthy greens. Another went to a teacher and single mom proud to have lost 50 pounds and to be teaching her sons healthy eating habits. We are nearing the installation of 50 garden beds and have influenced the building of nearly 30 more.
100 Kitchen Gardens
Seeding Galveston in in the process of installing 100 kitchen gardens at the homes and businesses of Island residents, providing them with an ongoing supply of healthy vegetables and fostering widespread public awareness and commitment to healthy eating for healthy lives. As of March, 2020, more than 60 gardens had been installed.
Seeding Galveston distributes food in several ways: by direct donation to area food kitchens; through its Harvest Morning market, typically held on Wednesdays; and via its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project for the Sunday delivery and pickup of weekly boxes of food.
Seeding Galveston is committed to the development of a productive compost area at the primary urban farm site. Here residents from the Island bring their compostables to be added to our bins rather than wasting good organic material in the trash. Regular contributors can come occasionally and take home finished sifted compost for use in their gardens. Seeding Galveston also collects compostables from UTMB’s food service department each week.
Seeding Galveston’s Commitment to this Island
Debbie Berger and John Sessions, co-founders of Seeding Galveston, a non-profit 501(c)3 urban farm project, are committed to ensuring that residents and visitors to Galveston Island can buy locally grown food at reasonable prices; make wiser, more nutritious food choices; reduce the community’s carbon footprint; and enhance neighborhoods and community health by fostering small local gardens.
Seeding Galveston’s newest project, 100 Kitchen Gardens, involves establishing small gardens at people’s homes – front yards, back yards, curbside, even in parking lots. Seeding Galveston also collaborates with individuals and organizations to develop market gardens, block gardens, gardens at organizations that feed the poor, gardens in low income housing facilities and more.
Join The Galveston Farming Cooperative
Seeding Galveston has paired with Island Aquaponics to deliver a weekly crop box of fruits and vegetables in the style of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.