Daily Mining Gazette - November 25, 2016
The Youth Advisory Council recieved funding to help certify young workers supporting "green collar" jobs in Keweenaw County. Students will help with repair and reconstruction of historic sites in the Upper Peninsula's National Parks..
Upper Michigan News Source - August 25, 2016
In order to preserve the historic nature of many of the Upper Peninsula's National Parks, the Keweenaw National Historic Park has partnered with SEEDS to hire local high school students to help with masonry repair and work at the various heritage sites.
Michigan Good Food - August 4, 2016
A unique Traverse City youth program, "The Quest," uses creative expression to help youth connect to the local food movement and find their voices for change.
9&10 News - August 3, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps Bike Team has given participating youth reliable transportation and healthy habits, along with work expereince.
Traverse City Ticker - July 27, 2016
Free cooking demonstrations have been added to the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market after SEEDS, Grow Benzie, and the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority recieved a grant from the Northwest Food and Farming Network.
Daily Mining Gazette - July 22, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has formed a formal partnership with the BHK Child Development Center, employing youth from Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties for historic restoration and preservation work.
Traverse City Ticker - July 21, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has partnered with local bike shop, Brick Wheels, to launch a unique bike team. This partnership is the first of its kind in the Midwest.
The Corps Network - June 30, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has recieved an AmeriCorps National Direct Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Opportunity Youth Service Initiative. Corpsmembers will engage in environmental stewardship projects designed to promote energy efficiency in low-income housing and improve acess to public lands, trails and waterways.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - June 17, 2016
SEEDS, Grow Benzie and the Downtown Development Authority partnered on a Food and Farming Network grant to bring food education opportunities to the Downtown Farmers Market.
Grand Traverse Conservation District - January 25, 2016
Tara Ward, Lead Education Evaluator for SEEDS, works hard to provide students in the SEEDS after school program with opportunities to engage with nature by finding resources that compel students to search for details.
Michigan Municipal League - December 21, 2015
Working within Northern Michigan, SEEDS is empowering at-risk youth to create solutions for at-risk landscapes and ecosystems through after school programs and the Youth Conservation Corps.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - December 13, 2015
In Northern Michigan, utilities and nonprofits are working together to bring awareness of renewables, as well as implement local changes such as community solar and prioritize energy effiency over new building.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - December 13, 2015
Together, Networks Northwest and SEEDS are releasing a report detailing the region's energy use and strategies to trim consumption.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - November 25, 2015
SEEDS Executive Director, Sarna Salzman, receieved the Frank Purvis Stewardship Award in early November from the Grand Traverse County Planning Commission and Grand Traverse County Chaption of the Michigan Townships Association. She earned the award for her efforts to help municipalities, including Grand Traverse County, manage their energy use.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - October 23, 2015
Together with the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network, SEEDS and the Great Lakes Bioneers are hosting "Putting Down Roots," a celebration of food and farming. It featured a presentation by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, an advocate for young farmers.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - September 20, 2015
Twelve solar panels were installed at the Historic Barns Park to carry water to the SEEDS Farm and the Traverse City Community Gardens. Since installation on June 19, the panels have reduced carbon dioxide emissions equal to burning 915 pounds of coal or 95.8 gallons of gasoline.
Traverse City Ticker - September 19, 2015
With the support of Consumers Energy Foundation, the pump which provides water to the SEEDS Farm and the Traverse City Community Gardens at the Historic Barns Park has been solarized. Northwestern Community College donated the 12 solar panels and Mike Schmerl of Panoramic Electric donated time and expertise.
Up North Media - September 2, 2015
Juliana Lisuk, SEEDS Education Specialist, discusses the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market. SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members manage the market, assisting vendors and working with the SNAP benefits.
9&10 News - August 12, 2015
After a large storm passed through the Northern Michigan region, crews have been hard at work cleaning up areas around the National Lakeshore. The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has been working with the Park Service to aid in the clean up.
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services - August 6, 2015
This summer, Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative youth in Lake and Newaygo counties are participating in a program involving a partnership between the Lake/Newaygo County office of MDHHS, the US Forest SErvice, Michigan Works!, and SEEDS.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - August 4, 2015
Local developer has hired the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members for the summer to remove invasive species at the new property and plant 2,000 trees.
ABC10 Upper Peninsula - July 29, 2015
Youth Conservation Corps members in Calumet are working to restore the headquarters of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The project is part of the youth preservation training initiative from the National Trust for Historic Preservation called HOPE, or Hands On Preservation Experience.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - July 23, 2015
The Traverse City Film Festival gives SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members a unique experience, helping set up the festival and production equipment. The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has been working to set up and helping set up the festival since its inaugural year.
The National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation - July 13, 2015
SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps member uses her training experience in HOPE Crew working on the Historic Goffar Barn at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for new opportunities.
The Wilderness Society - July 7, 2015
Keen Utility and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps have forged a new partnership with the Wilderness Society to connect more youth with America's public lands through "Project Build," which will support the SEEDS Riparian Restoration team.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - June 3, 2015
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps will be expanding into Antrim County this summer with support from the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
MyNorth - May 13, 2015
The Quest is a collaboration between Earthwork Music and SEEDS, and run through the SEEDS' after school program with students from Rapid City, Mesick, Kalkaska and Brethren. This year's Quest is focused on food, farming, and nutrition—culminating with a performance on July 2 at Milliken Auditorium.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - April 25, 2015
As part of the NMEAC annual award ceremonies, SEEDS presented the 2015 Great Lake Bioneers Youth Leadership awards to local youth who have become catalysts of change in their community. Awardees exemplify an inclusive leadership style, as well as a "solve-the-whole-problem" approach.
MyNorth - February 3, 2015
Before heading off to Washington D.C. to recieve their award, MyNorth asked Savanna Crowell, one of the five girls from GURLS Corps!, to write about her experiences as a member of the group. Savanna is the youngest member, and says taht she hopes to return to GURLS Corps! next summer.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - January 24, 2015
"It made me stronger, smarter, and brave. We all worked as a team," said Cheyenne Crowell of working on the nationally-honored SEEDS GURLS Corps! - the all-girls Youth Conservation Corps crew. The project, a partnership with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan and funded through the Biederman Foundation, was developed to motivate girls who are aging out of the foster care system to think more positively about their future.
Interlochen Public Radio - January 6, 2015
A group of teens and young adults in Traverse City has won a national award recognizing their conservation work in northern Michigan. The group, The GURLS Corps!, is a Youth Conservation Corps crew made up of youth from Michigan's foster care system.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - December 25, 2014
More than a dozen Grand Traverse region arts organizations received grant awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. SEEDS has been granted $16,500 for a music and art education program in local schools.
Leelanau Conservancy - December 18, 2014
In the spring of 2015, a Universal Access trail at DeYoung Natural Area will be open. People with strollers and wheelchairs will be able to enjoy the quarter-mile loop on the lakeside portion of DeYoung Natural Area. The 480-foot boardwalk is currently being constructed by the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps.
Traverse City Ticker - December 16, 2014
SEEDS will be presented with a "2015 Project of the Year Award" at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on February 11th as part of the annual conference of the Corps Network, a national association of over 125 Conservation Corps from around the country.
The Corps Network - December 12, 2014
A team of five young women from the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps have been presented with a "2015 Project of the Year Award" by The Corps Network, a national association of over 125 Conservation Corps from around the country. The project, entitled "GURLS! Corps - Girls United for Resilience, Leadership, and Service," was created through a partnership with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan to provide opportunities for teenagers aging out of the foster care system, and was supported financially by the Biederman Foundation.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - November 7, 2014
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Career-Tech Center (CTC) will offer apprenticeship opportunities with SEEDS to provide CTC students in the building trades, agriculture and culinary programs with education and job skills development through community projects.
The Benzie County Record Patriot - November 4, 2014
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Career-Tech Center (CTC) recently announced a partnership with SEEDS to provide CTC students in the building trades, agriculture and culinary programs with apprenticeship opportunities. The investment in the program by the two organizations will enhance education and work experience beyond what CTC and SEEDS already offer.
Great Folks - October 30, 2014
A new generation has discovered Alan Lomax's recordings and made them their own. The Quest - A Celebration of Community, was an innovative after-school arts program serving seven underserved northwest lower Michigan schools that culminated in a grand finale concert on May 9th at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
National Trust's PreservationNation Blog - October 16, 2014
With help from craft expert, Steve Stier of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a crew of five young people in the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps worked on a project to rehabilitate the historic Goffar Barn within the Port Onieda Rural Historic District of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Leader and the Kalkaskian - October 15, 2014
Kalkaska County youth in the SEEDS After School program conducted a Rockets to the Rescue expirament at Rapid City Elementary, responding to a fictional scenario. The program is part of 4-H NYSD, and interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Traverse City Record-Eagle - October 12, 2014
SEEDS has recieved a five-year cooperative agreement with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps program, a national initiative that works to engage youth to protect, restore and enhance the outdoors. Already working under a strong relationship with the National Park Service, officials from both sides say that the new agreement will streamline logistics for future projects.
Traverse City Ticker - October 3, 2014
SEEDS has been selected to enter into a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps program. The program engages both young people and veterans in meaningful work and gives the opportunity to gain personal and professional skills while building a lifelong connection to the outdoors.
Traverse City Ticker - September 11, 2014
To mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, ten local volunteers from SEEDS are coming together to take a pledge of commitment and participate in a four-hour work bee to prepare for the restriping of 8th Street.
MyNorth - August 19, 2014
With crews of enthusiastic teens constructing trails and rebuilding historic buildings in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and programs promoting eco-conscious living for all, Northern Michigan non-profit, SEEDS, is investing its energy in a greener, cleaner future.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - August 10, 2014
SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members can't wait until Monday mornings. The Youth Corps is geared towards young adults, ages 16-24, who are challenged by poverty, isolation and lack of opportunity. "Waking up at six o'clock in the morning knowing I'm going to hang out with friends and have a good time, it's just about the best thing you can do," said Cheyanne Galley, 17. "It's better than sitting at home."
Glen Arbor Sun - August 4, 2014
A crew of five young-adults are restoring Port Oneida's historic Goffar Barn, a 30-foot by 40-foot timber frame in Glen Arbor Township. The restoration is a cooperative project between the National Lakeshore and SEEDS' traditional building skills Youth Corps program. The SEEDS worker-students are part of the Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) project.
UpNorthLive - July 16, 2014
A dedication ceremony for a new observation deck on Glen Lake was held to celebrate the multiple environmental benefits it created. The deck overlooks the endangered Michigan monkey-flower, and was built out of black locust wood—and invasive species.
Traverse City Ticker - July 4, 2014
SEEDS has received a $20,000 grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the General Mills Foundation to improve youth nutrition and physical activity behaviors in the community. The grant will allow SEEDS to implement "Food-Shed, Fitness, and Fun" to help students and their families find motivation to develop healthy eating habits and incorporate daily phsyical activity as a way of life.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - June 1, 2014
Funding cuts will halt nine of 10 SEEDS after school programs that focused on outreach and education in Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Kalkaska middle and high schools. New programs, however, will begin in the fall at elementary schools in Brethren, Rapid City and Mesick.
Northwest Michigan's Second Wave - May 20, 2014
The SEEDS Hunger Games in Manistee teaches participating After School students how to put together meals under a stringent budget. The students are given a price-per-meal guideline, laid out by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and offered tips on what to look for. After the shopping, the students are taught to cook their meals, while the guest judge of the month names the winning group.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - April 25, 2014
Students in the SEEDS After School program have been rehearsing for months, learning traditional songs—as well as writing their own—in preparation for the May 9 celebration of community, The Quest. To help kids prepare, SEEDS staff have been teaching classes on local history, taking kids to local historical museums, interviewing elders in the community, and exploring traditionl culture and food in the community.
MyNorth, Online Home of Traverse the Magazine - April 23, 2014
With the tunes of Alan Lomax's 1938 recordings of Michigan folk musicians ringing in their ears, students from several Northern Michigan schools and a few singer-songwriter mentors have joined forces to produce a concert of original folk music.
Manistee News Advocate - April 22, 2014
The SEEDS Green Leadership team is a student-led group that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment, while educating the community about sustainability and the conservation of resources. This group of young people is working to inspire generations and get them involved in making the world a better place, starting with the Fifth Avenue Beach on April 24, 2014.
Manistee News Advocate - April 8, 2014
The SEEDS After School students have been working with the Earthwork Music Collective and Blackbird Arts on a special program to honor the 75th anniversary celebration of Alan Lomax's field recordings of Michigan Folk Music for the Library of Congress. The final performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
Sustainable TC - February 12, 2014
Students from the Benzie Central High School SEEDS After School program attended the Women and Environment Symposium in Grand Rapids, hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Traverse City Record-Eagle - February 7, 2014
Tim Arends, Executive Director of Traverse City Light & Power, identifies TCSaves and energy efficiency as one of the utility's main focuses moving forward. In 2012, TCL&P exceeded the state-mandated energy efficiency goal by 62%, saving over 4.1 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is the equivalent of powering 628 Traverse City homes for an entire year.
9&10 News-October 16, 2013
The federal shutdown is having a large impact on some young people in northern Michigan. AmeriCorps VISTA members work for non-profits for a year, all while living on a stipend that covers just their necessities. As the shutdown continues, AmeriCorps VISTAs are only receiving some of their pay while they are required to continue their work.
Traverse City Record-Eagle-October 11, 2013
Members of AmeriCorps Vista, a national service program that aims to fight poverty by matching volunteers with nonprofit groups, are gaining anxiety as their wages are being withheld during the government shutdown.
The Traverse City Ticker - September 30, 2013
In 2010, Traverse City Light & Power, MLUI, SEEDS, the Department of Energy, Michigan Saves, and local contractors launched TCSaves—a program to help residents save energy and money. MLUI says TCSaves has improved energy efficiency of 550 homes in Traverse City since then.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-September 16, 2013
SEEDS rain garden client, GTECH Strategies, recieved first place recognition from the Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance for the rain garden they helped create in the parking lot of the Millvale Municipal Building.
Traverse City Record-Eagle-July 11, 2013
The SEEDS School of Rock campers prepared for the concert this week at Twin Lakes Park with the help of musicians from Earthwork Music Collective. Campers’ work will be on display during the concert at the City Opera House, where they will play a collection of songs they wrote along with several tunes selected by Bob Russell, to whom the show is dedicated.
Manistee News Advocate-June 12, 2013
Pam Ayres of BlackBird Arts in Traverse City leads the students taking part in the SEEDS Summer Day Camp Program through an exercise to create personal journals. The summer day camp gives students from Manistee County the opportunity to experience a wide variety of educational activities they normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to experience.
Traverse City Record-Eagle-May 23, 2013
SEEDS students play their guitars as Graham Parsons, with Earthwork Music, teaches them how to play a song by musician Pat Carroll. The songs were played at a listening party for Pat Carroll's new album, "Glow in the Dark."
Michigan Nightlight-May 21, 2013
Sarna Salzman refers to her executive directorship as that of a professional networker, facilitating connections that strengthen ties between ecology, education, and design.
Manistee News Advocate-May 18, 2013
Kevin Summers, SEEDS Manistee High School Site Coordinator, is in charge of the Manistee Farmers Market. Summers is happy to see SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps students actively involved in the market.
The Leader and the Kalkaskian-May 8, 2013
Several community children’s groups in the Kalkaska area, including the Kalkaska Middle School SEEDS program, joined together recently in a pick-up and clean-up effort at Chalker Park, as known to children as the “Imagination Station.”
Traverse City Record-Eagle-May 2, 2013
The Kalkaska SEEDS program created and served this Trout Ceviche recipe during the 77th National Trout Festival’s Taste of Trout competition in Kalkaska. For their efforts, SEEDS brought home the title of “Most Creative Use of Trout.”
Traverse City Record-Eagle-April 27, 2013
Carter Schmidt and his family received one of the Youth Ambassador Awards from the Great Lakes Bioneers of Traverse City, which presented three awards during the 2013 NMEAC Environmentalist of the Year awards.
Northwest Michigan's Second Wave-April 23, 2013
"Yup, all activities are free!" That creed is splashed across the SEEDS website. And Bill Watson wants families to know about it.
Manistee News Advocate-April 22, 2013
Manistee High School students in the SEEDS group took the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with a variety of booths focused on the environment.
Benzie County Record Patriot-April 16, 2013
SEEDS students from Frankfort and Benzie Central High Schools have been hard at work building an underwater remote vehicle (ROV), and designing the craft to compete with others from around northern Michigan.
Grand Traverse Insider-April 8, 2013
The Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative team at Benzie Central High School includes Josh Stoltz, SEEDS Benzie Central Site Coordinator. The GTSI team has created a year-long stewardship project for their high school students in collaboration with the Benzie County Water Festival.
MyNorth.com-April 4, 2013
The Benzie County Water Festival seeks to attract, entertain, educate, and activate individuals and groups within the community. This is a family-oriented, community-centered event that has fostered education, engagement, and networking in a rare and valuable way. SEEDS After School sponsored the pizza dinner available for purchase at the event.
Traverse City Record-Eagle-March 15, 2013
Teens diced onions, fried turkey bacon and learned how to prepare nutrition-minded meals during a Cooking Matters class at Traverse City High School. The course is a collaboration between multiple community groups, including SEEDS, Traverse City Area Public Schools and the Michigan State University Extension Office.
Grand Traverse Insider-February 25, 2013
Area students prepare for FIRST Robotics district competition. SEEDS sponsors several robotics teams at our after school sites, including the Suttons Bay High School “Norsemen” team.
Manistee News Advocate-February 21, 2013
Kevin Summers, Manistee High School SEEDS After School Site Coordinator, is one of the members of the Healthy Manistee County Coalition who has been working on the LiveWell Expo.
Traverse City Record-Eagle-February 15, 2013
A full bus of 56 dedicated activists and students traveled to Washington, D.C., from Traverse City, MI, to join nearly 50,000 others at the Forward On Climate Rally. SEEDS brought 14 students along for this historic journey!