Press and media mentions


Local nonprofits and organizations will provide STEM activities for all ages — and SEEDS is one of them!

Ticker, February 27, 2023

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the city a $255,396 grant for a two-year pilot to launch a compost and food waste reduction program. The city’s department of public services – working with the city manager’s office, a city-contracted grant writer, and local nonprofit SEEDS – successfully applied for the grant aimed at educating the community on “the potential reduction of waste by using small-scale food composting operations.”

Traverse City Record Eagle, February 26, 2023

Thanks to the Traverse City-based SEEDS EcoCorps, more than 575 youth since 2009 have been a part of a green-collar workforce learning the skills and opportunities involved in environmental careers.


WCMU Public Radio, October 25, 2022

Organic waste makes up a one-third of Michigan’s solid waste stream. And it’s not just food. It’s also yard waste and paper. Listen to the interview here.

The Northern Express, October 10, 2022

Northern Michigan is a special place to live and work for many reasons, but chief among the area’s benefits is our beautiful—and in some places, still untouched—natural setting. In an effort to make sure that beauty exists for decades to come, Traverse City nonprofit SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service this summer for habitat restoration projects in the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

The Record Eagle, September 23, 2022

Arguably one of the most impactful ways to improve human wellness and mitigate the impacts of climate change is a robust and healthy trail system. – Jennifer Flynn, EcoCorps Program Director

Leelanau Enterprise, August 24, 2022

Jennifer Flynn, EcoCorps program director, said EcoCorps members enjoy a sense of adventure in their work.

UpNorthLive, August 19, 2022

One of the group’s members you may see helping out is Petra Foote. Last year was her first year as an EcoCorps crew member. Foote said since then she found a new love for the outdoors and what goes into restoring and naturalizing parks.

Cadillac News, August 11, 2022

During the summer break, SEEDS held an EcoSchool summer camp where students at Marion Elementary were exposed to several projects including learning about nature, ecology, science, history and culture. This was done through hands-on activities and field trips.

The Record Eagle, July 14, 2022

“This Hodeypyle section is a more focused project. It requires planning and oversight, and more volunteers and local conservation resource support such as SEEDS when we can get it. They have been a big help in completing these type of projects.”

Benzie County Record Patriot, July 7, 2022

Students at Benzie County Central Middle School are getting the chance to learn gardening basics and other skills as part of a SEEDS EcoSchool summer program.

The Herald Review, July 5, 2022

Twin Creek Nature Area in Evart hosted a group of students from Marion Public Schools last week as part of the SEEDS EcoSchool program.

The Record Eagle, May 14, 2022

All the fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits grown in the Giving Garden are harvested and distributed to families experiencing food insecurity.

Traverse City Ticker, May 8, 2022

In the early 2000s, the City of Traverse City and Garfield Township banded together to form a joint recreational authority concerned with finding a future use for the historic barns on the State Hospital grounds, along with several surrounding parklands.

The Record Eagle, April 17, 2022

Pent up energy from a day of sitting in class filled the woods behind Forest Area middle and high school on Thursday afternoon.

UpNorthLive, April 15, 2022

SEEDS EcoSchool has been a part of Benzie County Central Schools for four years. Students K-12 can sign up throughout the school year. Watch video here.

Traverse Ticker, Jan 8, 2022

The city partnered with SEEDS on an urban wood program that repurposed trees removed during the Safe Routes to School project and during the road construction project at the Historic Barns.

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