Our Flagship Projects
From its flagship farm at 33rd St. and Avenue N, and auxiliary farm sites over the years, Seeding Galveston has met its goals with laser focus and hundreds of thousands of hours of plain old hands-in-the-dirt hard work, primarily with volunteer labor. Our Harvest Morning market reaches hundreds each month; donations to food banks and grocers assist a different population. A CSA (Galveston Farming Coop) provides an option for people with no time to come to the market; a community garden targets apartment & condo dwellers. 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 100 garden beds and have influenced the building of nearly 30 more. We work hard to establish Market Farms as well, where the production of food can translate into income as well.
100 Kitchen Gardens
Market Street Community Garden
Seeding Galveston’s goal is to install 100 kitchen gardens at the homes and businesses of Island residents, enabling them to grow their own healthy vegetables and fostering widespread public awareness and commitment to healthy eating for healthy lives. As of October, 2020, more than 75 gardens had been installed. To apply for a garden, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Market Farms are similar to Kitchen Gardens, but they include 6-10 garden beds, enabling the harvest of enough produce to sell at local farmer’s markets or just from a small produce stand at the farmer’s front yard. We are actively seeking more Market Farmers, as Seeding Galveston is sustainable only if there are enough Island-based farms and gardens for everyone.
The Market Street Community Garden is part community garden, with beds available for year-round rental, and Market Farm, with sufficient produce to support an on-site market. To sign up for a garden rental, email us at email@example.com. The cost is $120/year.
Seeding Galveston distributes food in several ways: by direct donation to area food kitchens and small grocers; through its Harvest Morning market, typically held on Wednesdays; and via its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project (the Galveston Farming Cooperative) for the Sunday delivery and pickup of weekly boxes of food.
Produce availability for the Harvest Morning Market is available via a newsletter mailed each Tuesday – and carried on our Facebook page as well. To be on the mailing list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org text us at 281-794-9899.
The Galveston Farming Cooperative is a collaboration between Seeding Galveston and Island Aquaponics. Each Sunday we deliver boxes filled with whatever is in harvest that week. Flower bouquets, moringa, and farm fresh eggs are available at additional cost. About half of our CSA members elect to pick up their box and save the delivery fee.
For more information and to sign up, go to galvestonfarmingcoop.com.
Harvest Morning Market
Galveston Farming Cooperative (CSA)
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 sift buckets of finished compost and take some home for use in their gardens.
Contributors are urged to bring their compost on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Seeding Galveston also collects compostables from Morrison Healthcare, which provides food service throughout the University of Texas Medical Branch campus in Galveston.
Pivotal to the composting effort is the contribution of hay and waste from the goats, chickens and turkeys that are raised at the primary farm at 3318 Avenue N.
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.
Bridging Medical Gaps Collaboration
The Bridging Medical Gaps Collaboration, whose mission includes addressing food security issues, selected Seeding Galveston’s co-founder John Sessions to interview for the first podcast in their Best Health series. We urge you to listen to how our mission too seeks to attack the issues of hunger and food accessibility.
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.
A world-class urban farm project right here at home on our little island.
Join Our Newsletter
Each Tuesday Seeding Galveston distributes a newsletter with information about the farm and specifically about the Wednesday Harvest Morning markets, including occasional Pop-Up market opportunities. All fruits, eggs, and produce available for purchase at the market are listed so market-goers can plan in advance.