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 starting this spring and share a portion of your harvest with local food banks, community groups or neighbours and friends. That’s the purpose of SEEDit.
SEEDit is a Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group initiative to improve local food security by partnering with our brokers, local garden centres, food banks and everyone in the communities we serve (smaller places and wide open spaces throughout Ontario). Our support is designed to focus backyard and balcony gardens on growing food to share. You can do that through your food bank or other groups and, in some cases, we’ll also support community gardens (see below).
HOW IT WORKS
PLAN YOUR SEEDit GARDEN! 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.
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.
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!
COMMUNITY SUPPORT GRANTS
There are community gardens all over Ontario. If your community garden is willing to share what you grow with local foodbanks, The Commonwell will consider helping your organization out with a small grant. Apply for the details here!
Thanks for joining SEEDit (where every plant makes a difference). We’ll be emailing your voucher shortly so you can get started right away. 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.