2024

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/01/elk-rapids-wants-to-help-its-shoreline-through-new-state-climate-corps-program/

Great Lakes Now/IPR,  January 17, 2024

Along with Elk Rapids, several other entities have Climate Corps positions in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, including the Antrim Conservation District in Bellaire, East Bay Charter Township near Traverse City, and organizations such as Michigan Energy Options and SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers.

https://www.interlochenpublicradio.org/2024-01-02/a-valuable-resource-traverse-city-restaurants-aim-to-reduce-food-waste-greenhouse-gases

IPR, January 2, 2024

SEEDS has been composting with local restaurants in Traverse City, and in 2023, the initiative has diverted more than 6,700 lbs of food scraps! 

https://www.manisteenews.com/news/article/manistee-county-community-foundation-awards-18596479.php

Manistee News Advocate; January 8, 2024

SEEDS is awared $40K in grants to continue environmental education in Manistee County! Read more here! 

https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/urban-wood-network-announces-new-board-directors

Urban Wood Network, January 12, 2024

EcoCorps Program Director, Jennifer Flynn, is named one of the newest members on the board for the Urban Wood Network!

 

2023

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/turtle-cove-nature-preserve-open-to-public/

Traverse City Ticker, December 29, 2023

SEEDS EcoCorps crew members built nearly 2 miles of  trail around Arbutus Lake in Grand Traverse County! 

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/downtown-preps-for-launch-of-retail-incubator-composting-program/

The Traverse City Ticker;  Nov. 22, 2023

The Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is preparing to launch two significant new programs: a long-discussed new retail incubator, which is targeting an April opening but will host a holiday pop-up, and a composting program for downtown restaurants. 

Michigan NCST News & Updates; September 14, 2023

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSuybJCydHWZn_UqF2llcnQ2XTi9W5ryEjZm02hsN7fzlk1Wt_VTvFCLAsHzaFeLoUqEnGkAr

EcoCorps work recap along Sawdust Hole in Manistee National Forest. 

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/spotted-knapweed-removal/image_cf1ccb1a-4139-11ee-bf91-1b35eb207465.htm

Traverse City Record-Eagle; August 23, 2023

Local residents pull invasive plants at the SEEDS Farm at Historic Barns Park.

https://www.theheraldreview.com/news/article/evart-dda-hosts-inaugural-environmental-expo-18306894.php

The Herald Review; August 22, 2023

The Evart DDA, in coordination with the Twin Creek Nature Area hosted the inaugural Environmental Education Expo in downtown Evart 

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/26000-tons-inside-the-effort-to-establish-regionwide-composting-in-northern-michigan/

Traverse City Ticker, July 28, 2023

The Traverse City Ticker sits down with Executive Director, Sarna Salzman, to discuss the region-wide composting initiative. 

https://www.9and10news.com/2023/07/18/seeds-ecoschool-brings-hands-on-experiences-to-northern-michigan-students/

9 & 10 News, July 18, 2023

SEEDS EcoSchool brings unique learning opportunities to students across Northern Michigan.

Teaching staff prioritize hands-on and outdoor activities that develop leadership, life skills, and resilience.

SEEDS Ecoschool at Benzie Middle School created a doghouse for Cherryland Humane Society, and students and staff tell us more about that project and everything they do!

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/city-moves-toward-adopting-sustainable-building-policy/

Traverse City Ticker; March, 27, 2023

What started as a discussion last fall among Traverse City commissioners about adopting a new building electrification policy has expanded into a broader review of sustainable building practices.

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/compost-pilot-program-tree-plantings-nez-on-city-agenda/

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.”

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/go/seeds-ecocorps-trains-the-next-generation-of-green-workers/article_f26c8bc6-749f-11ed-9625-2b6dceb2a809.html

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.

2022

https://radio.wcmu.org/2022-10-25/environmental-nonprofit-gets-state-grant-funding-to-launch-compost-petting-zoo

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.

https://www.northernexpress.com/news/feature/protecting-our-homeland-ecocorps/

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.

https://www.record-eagle.com/opinion/opinion-celebrating-healthy-trail-systems-nature-and-community-service/article_362661b8-39de-11ed-b532-23a592307b5f.html

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

https://www.leelanaunews.com/life-leelanau/ecocorps-team-work-sleeping-bear-dunes

Leelanau Enterprise, August 24, 2022

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

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/volunteers-do-maintenance-work-at-sleeping-bear

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. 

 

https://www.cadillacnews.com/news/marion-students-create-migration-station-for-endangered-monarch-butterfly/article_0be494ce-18c8-11ed-b4f0-3301781e93e2.html

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.

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/on-the-trails-taking-care-of-the-north-country-trail/article_9f6fae02-015a-11ed-90b4-e7800c94cc33.html

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.”

 

 

https://www.recordpatriot.com/news/article/Benzie-Central-students-learn-about-gardening-17287935.php

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.

https://www.bigrapidsnews.com/news/article/Twin-Creek-Nature-Area-in-Evart-hosts-SEEDS-17287514.php

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.

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/food/giving-garden-grows-distributes-fresh-food-to-food-pantry/article_7f9679a8-cae1-11ec-b231-a7b51145d419.html

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.

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/the-gamechangers-part-6-old-buildings-new-institutions/

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.

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/sweet-study-forest-area-students-tap-maples-with-seeds/article_6a0cd52e-bce9-11ec-8401-5fab83d4e943.html

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.

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/free-program-gives-students-access-to-childcare-and-afterschool-programs

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.

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/traverse-citys-big-year/

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.

2023

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/compost-pilot-program-tree-plantings-nez-on-city-agenda/

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.”

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/go/seeds-ecocorps-trains-the-next-generation-of-green-workers/article_f26c8bc6-749f-11ed-9625-2b6dceb2a809.html

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.

2022

See videos about SEEDS on our Youtube Channel. Click here!

2023

Food Composting Pilot at City of Traverse City

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.”

SEEDS EcoCorps trains the next generation of green workers

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.

2022

Environmental nonprofit gets state grant funding to launch ‘compost petting zoo’

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.

Stuff We Love: Protecting Our Homeland

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.

Opinion: Celebrating healthy trail systems, nature and community service

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

EcoSchool goes on field trips

Kalkaska Review, August 25, 2022

EcoSchool programs in Kalkaska and Forest Area explore Michigan during summer camp.

EcoCorps team at work in Sleeping Bear Dunes

Leelanau Enterprise, August 24, 2022

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

EcoCorps members to do maintenance work at Sleeping Bear

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. Watch the video here.

Marion students create monarch migration station

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.

Taking care of the North Country Trail

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 Central students learn about gardening during summer program

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.

Twin Creek Nature Area hosts ecology camp in Evart

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.

Giving Garden grows, distributes fresh food to food pantry

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.

The Gamechangers: Old Buildings, New Institutions

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. 

SEEDS EcoSchool teaches students to make maple syrup at Forest Area Middle School

The Kalkaska Review, April 21, 2022

Blue buckets dot the landscape in the Forest Area Community Schools school forest and the drip, drip, drip of sap running fills the air.  

Sweet study: Forest Area students tap maples with SEEDS

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.

Free program gives students access to childcare and afterschool programs

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.

Life & Work with Jennifer Flynn

VoyageMichigan, Mar 2, 2022

An interview with Jennifer Flynn, the Program Director of EcoCorps.

Traverse City’s Big Year

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.

2021

SEEDS EcoCorps tackles North Country Trail Projects

Manistee News, December 5, 2021

The North Country Trail is the longest in the National Trails System, stretching across eight states from North Dakota to New York. Maintaining such a massive trail system requires a concerted effort from many individuals and groups, and in parts of northern Michigan, the EcoCorps program is answering the call.

Liked what you saw in Brethren’s Manistee River ecosystem? Thank a young adult

Manistee News, December 3, 2021

A nonprofit in northern Michigan just wrapped up a full season of conservation work in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. 

Planting SEEDS

Cadillac News, December 2, 2021

 SEEDS EcoCorps works to protect national forest oak savanna habitat, North Country Trail

Forest Area, Kalkaska students learn about Inland Seas Education Association, watershed through SEEDS

The Kalkaska Review, November 11, 2021

 SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers and Inland Seas Education Association partnered to bring enriching watershed-related STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects to nearly 200 students in rural northern Michigan schools, including Forest Area Middle School, Fife Lake Elementary School, and Cherry Street Intermediate School in Kalkaska.

A Ranch Reimagined: Upcycling a Vacant (But Notable) Traverse City Home In Leelanau County

Leelanau Ticker, November 10, 2021

For a De/Re-Construction, or “deconstruction, reconstruction,” SEEDS EcoCorps crews helped save everything possible, including lumber, doors, windows, flooring, light fixtures, and any furniture left behind. 

SEEDS EcoCorps Conclude Projects At Sleeping Bear Dunes This Fall, Including At Alligator Hill

Leelanau Ticker, October 6, 2021

At Sleeping Bear EcoCorps crew members cleared overgrown trails; built drains to prevent erosion; repainted trail markers; removed brush at historic farm properties; constructed and installed new signage, and assisted NPS staff in post-storm trail clearing including improvements to three miles of trail on Alligator Hill.

A plan for the future: EcoCorps participates in Gun Lake survey

Huron Daily Tribune, August 19, 2021

SEEDS EcoCorps members worked with the Manistee Conservation Distract to complete the survey of Gun Lake.

SEEDS programs plants a love for gardening in Kalkaska, FA 

The Kalkaska Review, August 5, 2021

Gardening was a popular activity at summer camps hosted by SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers at Forest Area Middle School and Cherry Street Intermediate School.

A summer green thumb

Cadillac News, July 30, 2021

The lessons students learned at the SEEDS summer camp program in Marion will be ones they can use for the rest of their lives.

Green collar career exploration program helps restore natural habitats

UpNorthLive, July 28, 2021

If you have a passion for the outdoors and want to do more to help your community, a non-profit offers a program where you can help restore and reinvest in natural habitats around northern Michigan. Watch the live interview here.

Manistee County joins 13 others in state trying to fix recycling problems

Manistee News Advocate, July 14, 2021

SEEDS partnered with Manistee County to help educate citizens about proper recycling. 

SEEDS helps Manistee Proud with Riverwalk cleanup 

Manistee News Advocate, July 9, 2021

SEEDS EcoCorps helps the Maintstee Proud volunteer group restore the Manistee Riverwalk to its former glory. 

Single trash bins produce waste, recyclables from the National Cherry Festival

Traverse City Record Eagle, July 9, 2021

SEEDS conducted its sixth waste audit for the National Cherry Festival. The study aims to calculate greenhouse gas emissions from different waste management scenarios. 

Environmental Apprenticeship Launches

Traverse City Business News, July, 2021

A first-of-its-kind environmental apprenticeship program in northern Michigan means “green-collar” training for local students and young professionals.

Local farmers market generates nearly $225,000 in online sales during the pandemic

UpNorthLive,  June 30, 2021

“The online market has been a huge impact for the farmers because we’re not just going in during the summer; we’re doing it year-round,” Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market Manager Kyle Warner said. Watch the interview here.

SEEDS brings ‘tasty education’ to Mesick classrooms

Cadillac News, June 15, 2021

Good nutrition is the focus of lessons in the Mesick SEEDS After School program. 

SEEDS Landscape Apprenticeship Available

Record Eagle,  May 15, 2021

SEEDS EcoCorps and Northwest Michigan Works have launched an apprenticeship program for landscape management technicians. 

Elementary Students get a Rare Opportunity to Learn Fencing in Benzie County 

Interlochen Public Radio,  May 13, 2021

SEEDS After School Site Coordinator Julia Kline started a fencing club at Betsie Valley Elementary. Listen to the story here. 

SEEDS Launches Innovative Green-Collar Apprenticeship 

Manistee News Advocate,  May 12, 2021

SEEDS EcoCorps has partnered with Northwest Michigan Works to launch an innovative green-collar apprenticeship for landscape management technicians. 

Northern Michigan Farmers Markets Open for the Season

9&10 News,  May 2, 2021

The Sara Hardy Downtown Famers Market opened back up for live Markets on May 1st. Check out the video here. 

Fish, watersheds focus of Marion Elementary event 

Cadillac News, April 24, 2021

SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers and Trout Unlimited partner for Marion Mill Pond event. 

SEEDS gets grant dollars to study composting future in northern Michigan

Traverse City Record Eagle, April 22, 2021

SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers received a $75,000 state grant through the Renew Michigan program to study composting in a 10 county region. 

Inside the DDA’s Annual Report

The Ticker, March 26, 2021

Key highlights from the DDA’s 2020 Annual Report, including the SEEDS Sara Hardy Farmers Market. See the full report here. 

Partnership Spotlight: SEEDS

North Star, Volume 40, No. 1, January-March 2021

SEEDS EcoCorps worked with the North Country Trail Association to improve the trail in both the Manistee National Forest and on private land.   

SEEDS Program Teaches Students at Forest Area Schools the Art of the Maple Syrup Trade

9&10 News, March 2, 2021

SEEDS students at Forest Area Schools are using math and science to create a tasty treat.  

From Seed Grant to Systems Change

Rotary Charities, March 1, 2021

SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers, along with other organizations, tackle food and organic waste. 

GT Pulse: Local Seed Swap Tomorrow

9 & 10 News, February 26, 2021

Seeds from the Poesis Farm at Historic Barns Park are being put out in the community at a local seed swapping event.  

City Makes Progress Towards Hitting Green Goals

The Ticker, February 22, 2021

Traverse City successfully achieved its goal in 2020 of using clean energy for all of its own metered operations.

KND Schools SEEDS Programs aim to ensure students feel supported

Manistee News Advocate, January 15, 2021

SEEDS students engage in nature art projects, gardening, cooking, and other activities.

2020

Our Region’s Biochar Movement Takes Root 

The Ticker, December 7, 2020

The Grand Traverse Conservation District kicks off National Biochar Week with a virtual meeting of the minds.   

SEEDS EcoCorps Improves more than 80 miles of North Country Trail

Manistee News Advocate, December 2, 2020

The SEEDS EcoCorps improved more than 80 miles of North Country Trail during the 2020 season. Crew members worked as far south of White Cloud and as far north as Lake Superior.    

Downtown TC To Expand Farmers Market Into Winter

The Ticker, November 30, 2020

The Traverse City Downtown Development Authority is preparing to bring back the virtual Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market starting in January.   

Partnership Spotlight: SEEDS

North Country Trail Association, November 22, 2020

SEEDS EcoCorps worked with the NCTA to improve  Trail in both the Manistee National Forest and on private land.  

Sugar Shack Brought Back to Forest Area School by Nonprofit SEEDS

9&10, November 13, 2020

The nonprofit SEEDS brought back a sweet part of Forest Area School’s curriculum – maple sugaring. 

Sugar Shack makes a Sweet Return at Forest Area Community Schools

The Kalkaska Review, November 5, 2020

Kids at Forest Area Community Schools will again be making maple syrup with the return of the new sugar shack, a project spearheaded by SEEDS Site Coordinator Joe Kreider 

EcoCorps makes impact in Manistee National Forest 

Manistee News Advocate, October 9, 2020

Natural areas in Manistee County are now more accessible than ever, thanks to SEEDS EcoCorps

Tiny Traverse City Farm Provides Food and Education for All

9&10 News, September 8, 2020

The Poesis Farm at the SEEDS Community Garden provides fresh food and an opportunity to gain farming skills. 

For the Community, By the Community Podcast – SEEDS

9&10 News, September 4, 2020

9&10 News’ Courtney Hunter interviews SEEDS Executive Director Sarna Salzman. Listen to the podcast here! 

Learning with Doodle Stones

Learning to Give, September 2020

Marion Elementary SEEDS students rocked another project. Watch the video here!

SEEDS Students Learning about Water Testing

Learning to Give, August 2020

Marion Elementary SEEDS students learn about water testing from Ms. Erin Guesno. Watch the video here!

Kudos – Letter to the Editor 

Northern Express, July 27, 2020

SEEDS manages a superb paradigm shift at farmers’ market during a very difficult time.

College Students Help Install Irrigation System in Community Garden 

9&10 News, July 11, 2020

Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University students got hands-on opportunities at the SEEDS Community Garden. 

Marion SEEDS Program Offering Activity Boxes During the Pandemic

Cadillac News, July 8, 2020

SEEDS After School is working hard at keeping young minds engaged over the summer 

Little Fleet, Loma Farm Owners Partner to Open Farm Club

The Ticker, July 4, 2020

SEEDS has partnered with Farm Club to build a boardwalk off of the TART trail 

Nonprofits Team Up to Build Parklets on Front Street

9&10 News, July 2, 2020

More updates are popping up on Front Street! 

Father Fred Foundation partners with SEEDS for ‘Seeds of Love Giving Garden’

9&10 News, July 1, 2020

The Father Fred Foundation has partnered with SEEDS to create a community garden to provide fresh produce to those in need. See the video here. 

Virtual Veggies: Farmers Markets Opens, Offers Online Options

Traverse City Record Eagle, May 16, 2020

The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market has moved virtually for ordering. 

Virtual Famers Market Sees Overwhelming Results

The Ticker, May 6, 2020

The Traverse City Downtown Development Authority and Taste the Local Difference partnered with SEEDS to launch the virtual Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market

School is Out for the Year – Now What?

Traverse City Record Eagle, April 16, 2020

Sarna Salzman the Executive Director of SEEDS, explains how SEEDS is continuing to provide daily academic and cultural enrichment for its 11 rural sites.

SEEDS Rebrands Youth Corps Program to EcoCorps

The Ticker, March 4, 2020

SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers announced it is rebranding its Youth Conservation Corps program to SEEDS EcoCorps, reflecting an expanded focus that welcomes participants of all ages into the career exploration program.

SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers Celebrate 20 Years

The Review, February 27, 2020

SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers unveil their 20-year report and announce the new name of the Youth Conservation Corps. 

Reaching Its Capacity, Cherry Capital Airport Eyes Expansion

The Ticker, February 3, 2020

The first phase of the study about the future needs of the airport was an open house facilitated by SEEDS when attendees were asked to weigh in on everything from airport processes to recycling on-site to potential building materials.

Big Year Ahead at Historic Barns Park

The Ticker, January 4, 2020

The 56-acre Historic Barns Park at the Grand Traverse Commons consists of three nonprofit organizations: the Botanic Garden, the TC Community Garden, and SEEDS.

Archive

Gold Certification for Traverse City

Traverse City Record Eagle, November 27, 2019

The City of Traverse City was awarded Gold Certification for its sustainability projects as part of the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge.

Talking Trash: Composting

9&10 News, November 5, 2019

Sarna Salzman with SEEDS, a nonprofit specializing in after school programs for ecology and conservation, breaks down the basics of composting for families.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Celebrates Opening of New Trail

MLive, October 7, 2019

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps is part of rare new trail construction at Sleeping Bear.

SEEDS After School Field Day

Traverse City Record Eagle, June 28, 2019

Teams competed in a water relay race used to demonstrate energy transfer during the SEEDS After School Field Day at the Historic Barns Park in Traverse City.

Saginaw to Kalkaska: Youth Working Outside

The Kalkaska Review,  November 15, 2018

“I got into the SEEDS programs because most of my life I was an inside kind of kid and being outside is a new experience for me.”

Pollinator Project Works to Clear Vacant Lots in Saginaw

NBC 25 News, May 9, 2018

SEEDS partners with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy to clear vacant lots in Saginaw and replace with pollinators. Find the news clip here.

Angling for Knowledge

The Kalkaska Review, March 1, 2018

Rapid City Elementary SEEDS After School students learn how to tie fish flies with the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Green Team Works on Earth-Friendly Goals

Traverse City Record Eagle, September 2, 2017

Team seeks to measure TC’s renewable energy use, consults with Ann Arbor officials on their eco-friendly efforts.

Partnership Stories

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, March 29, 2017

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps builds viewing deck at Green Point Dunes.

2017 Corpsmember of the Year

The Corps Network, January 2017

Leticia Rocha of SEEDS named Corpsmember of the Year.

Empowering Youth to Create Change

Michigan State University, 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 choices to change.

Traverse City Non-Profit Helps Young Women Gain Work Experience, Learn Healthy Habits

9&10 News, August 4, 2016

Reliable transportation opens doors to many of life’s opportunities, including work.

Questing with Alan Lomax

Journal of Folklore and Education, 2015

Michigan’s historic field recordings inspire a new generation.

SEEDS GURLS Corps!

My North, February 3, 2015

Girls United for Resilience, Leadership, and Service receive 2015 Project of the Year Award.

SEEDS in Traverse City Promotes Green Education in Northern Michigan

My North, August 19, 2014

With crews of enthusiastic teens constructing trails and rebuilding barns 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. 

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps Has Teens Excited to Work

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”. 

SEEDS Summer Day Camp Teaches Students to Expand their Horizons

Manistee News Advocate, June 12, 2013

The summer program at Kaleva Norman Dickson combined with the program at CASMAN Academy. “The whole idea of the program is to give kids exposure to things they normally wouldn’t get the chance to take part in,” said SEEDS coordinator Ben Parsons.

Uniting the Community with Food

Manistee News Advocate, May 18, 2013

Several Manistee-area organizations believe that the fresher the food, the healthier and tasty it is. That’s what’s behind the Manistee County Live Well Program’s 100 garden campaign and also the push to promote and expand area farmers markets.

Planting SEEDS of Community

Second Wave, April 23, 2013

Young people can learn to cook and sculpt through SEEDS After School programs; play music, practice yoga, or hone skills in martial arts or dance.

TC Saves Program Gives Homeowners, Contractors a Foundation for Energy Efficiency

Second Wave, Northern Michigan, May 22, 2012

Traverse City homeowners can learn what it takes to make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient.

Wooten Project Pairs Students with Seniors

The Leader and the Kalkaskian, February 15, 2012

Six Kalkaska students received a unique look into the lives of community elders, through participation in poet Terry Wooten’s Elder History Project.

Route to South Manitou

Leelanau Enterprise, 2011

Youth Conservation Corps crew builds new trails out of Black Locust on South Manitou.

Student-Led Pow-Wow Honors Suttons Bay Graduates

Leelanau Enterprise, Spring, 2010

Members of the Tribal Student Council at Suttons Bay High School organized a first-ever student-led pow-wow to honor the school’s 2010 graduates.

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