Local, healthy food is an integral part of a stronger future, that’s why we support it at the source, farmers! Here’s just a few of our favorite ways:
SEEDS Manages the Sara Hardy Farmers Market
SEEDS Provides Land to Up-and-Coming Farmers
The average age of farmers keeps rising, meaning we need more young farmers! So we support new farmers through our Resident Farmer Program at Historic Barns Park. We have provided access to land in Traverse City historically used for farming for over a decade!
Above: Our resident farmers and EcoCorps crew members have worked hard to increase the health of the soil on the SEEDS Farm. They tested it last year by burying cotton underwear. The microbes were so healthy they ate everything but the elastic!
Accepting Proposals for Resident Farmers
Are you a farmer or farming-inclined and just wish you had a plot of land in Traverse City to grow and experiment with? Do you have a vision and capacity for an agricultural or horticultural installation that invites visitors and the public to look and learn? SEEDS is seeking proposals for the 2022 growing season at Historic Barns Park!
Proposals Due: February 20, 2022
SEEDS Supports Our Local Food Economy
SEEDS at Forest Area Middle School did a fun and unique fundraiser for their sugar shack with the Kalkaska Conservation District. Instead of selling items from a chain fundraising company, they partnered with nearby vendors and farmers to sell local products, like honey and soaps.
The funds supported the farmers AND paid for new windows and doors for the sugar shack! Happy Homestead Farm and Howling Moon Farm even visited the students to teach them about their farm and how they make their products.