I’M GROWING FOOD SECURITY FOR MY NEIGHBOURS!
One in ten Ontarians don’t have enough to eat and more lack access to nutritious fresh food. They are neighbours and your friends in communities down the road. So let’s do something about that. Let’s grow fresh food and share a portion of our harvests with local food banks, community groups, neighbours and friends. That’s the purpose of SEEDit – a Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group initiative. This initiative is designed to help individuals grow food to share but if you are part of a community organization, we also support community gardens through our granting program.
HOW IT WORKS
REGISTER STARTING ON MAY 9TH If you haven’t started your fresh food garden yet or if you’re just seeing green shoots, start planning how you’ll share some of what you grow in your community now. Visit the SEEDit Facebook Group to join hundreds of backyard gardeners who are growing food security in their neighbourhoods.
REDEEM YOUR VOUCHER at the garden centre you selected. Be sure to get your free SEEDit stickers at the centre so you can identify what you’re sharing with others.
As your garden starts producing, SHARE A PORTION OF WHAT YOU GROW with your local food bank, community group or neighbours. Pick it, put it in a bag, put a SEEDit sticker on the bag, drop it off and grow the smiles.
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS and inspire your personal network. Join the SEEDit Community Facebook group. Get tips from local farmers, chefs and experts. Use the #CommonwellSEEDit hashtag in your posts.
GET YOUR VOUCHER
First, find the SEEDit garden centre nearest you and then register for your voucher. It will be emailed to you with the garden centre name included. Print it out or keep it handy on your phone. Then off you go to pick up your supplies. A big shout out to all our Garden Centre partners for bringing SEEDit to life locally. And hey – thanks to you for helping your neighbours, our communities and all those in need this year.
Select the garden centre most convenient to you:
SHARE YOUR HARVEST
Sharing what we grow is an important step toward improving food security at the grassroots level. Fresh and nutritious food does more than fill plates for a hungry family – it fills the future with hope and community commitment. That’s what we’re growing with SEEDit. There are three ways to share:
Share some of what you grow with the folks next door. That’s what good neighbours do.
A Community Group
Share some of your harvest with local service clubs, shelters, community outreach clubs and other similar organizations.
SIGN UP FOR THE SEEDIT NEWSLETTER
Looking for growing tips, cooking ideas and inspiration to share? Register to receive the SEEDit Newsletter here. We promise to keep it informative, light, and to never use it as a Commonwell promotional tool.
WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE GROWING
Join the SEEDit Facebook Community for insights, tips and to stay up to date on what other SEEDit participants are growing. A double row of beans? Enough eggplant for ten lasagnas? Wow – this is going to be amazing!
WE’RE SUPPORTING COMMUNITY GARDENS WITH UP TO $10,000
The SEEDit Community Garden Grant program supports community gardens run by not-for-profits, charities, municipalities or organized community groups with a board. Gardens can apply for grants valued at $500-$1000 to support community food initiatives. Complete the application below to apply by May 27th. Recipients will be announced by June 17th.
Thank you for joining SEEDit (where every plant makes a difference). You can expect your voucher via email within 24 hours. If you do not receive your voucher, please do not contact program administrators before the 24 hour window has closed.
Join SEEDit on Facebook and meet all the other participants. And just as important, let your friends know about SEEDit so they can join in too.
Spread the word. Tell your friends about SEEDit so they can make a difference too.