Formed in 1999, SEEDS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We work locally to solve global challenges by supporting the intersection of ecology, education and design.
Our interdisciplinary expertise ranges broadly, from energy analysis to K12 education, from farming to ecological restoration.
SEEDS Energy & Environmental Analysis team is saving our community money through energy conservation. In 2011 we completed a project in partnership with the Council of Governments and 20 municipalities, leaving them with $1million of new high efficiency equipment and a 5-year plan to accrue even more energy savings.
The first 6 Counties documented first-year savings of
Savings will be reinvested in more efficiency measures, which will save more dollars. Projections show a 130% return on investment after five years!
We bring dollars that make more dollars for our partners.
We provided over 13,000 student contact hours of STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) instruction in 2011. How do we make “academics” hands-on and fun?
Its working: Brethren High School was one of 7 schools named as “Beating the Odds” by the State Board of Education – and the only high school. Superintendent Matesich was clear that this success was due to school staff and their collaboration with SEEDS After School.
The goal of our Farmer Residency program is to lower the age of the average farmer in Michigan – currently 67.
We partner with the Historic Barns Park to manage 5 acres of farmland and host farmers-in-residence. Like a physician's residency, this program allows farmers early in their career to gain experience managing an existing farm before going solo.
We also bring dozens of Youth Corps members to work at this farm, finding mentorship from the Farmer Resident and learning farm-to-table entrepreneurial skills.
In 2011 Nick produced and delivered over 1500 pounds of food for culinary education programs – garlic, potatoes, squash and kale. Yum!
SEEDS After School hosts culinary clubs at each of our 10 partner school sites. At Benzie Central High School, a group of rowdy teens transformed into a catering team with a lot of respect for one another and their new kitchen craft.
After ten weeks in the kitchen, they are able to
Their landmark moment was preparing a beautiful meal for 50 people!
This team looks forward to catering more events in the future.
SEEDS engineers provided eight technical trainings to landscape contractors, design professionals, volunteer coordinators, and the public on methods for managing wastewater and stormwater in concert with the surrounding ecosystems.
The six rain gardens we helped design and install are capturing more than 350,000 gallons of stormwater runoff annually – easing the burden on city infrastructure and local ecosystems at the same time.
In 2011, SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps
Want more? Click here to see our full 2011 annual report!