The Seed Keeper Project

Recognizing School Gardens Across the U.S.

10th Annual Seed Keeper Project 2020

Starts On Monday, January 13, 2020

The Seed Keeper Project is our opportunity to recognize school gardens across the country. Each year we award a Seed Keeper Home Farmer and a Certificate to a school garden in every state and the District of Columbia highlighting their dedication to gardening. Plus, each winning school will receive seeds from All-America Selections and the essential gardening companion book-- garden-pedia by Maria Zampini and Pamela Bennett! Our Project runs with generous help from Corona ToolsGrowsripts will provide slow-release fertilizer to each winning school garden! We appreciate the support of our partners and their commitment to school gardens.

At the end of Seed Keeper Project 2020, all winning schools will have an opportunity to be awarded one of three $1,000 school garden tool grants from Corona Tools!

To date the Seed Keeper Project has recognized more than 450 school gardens in all 50 states and the District of Columbia!

We need YOU to make this happen!

  • Beginning Monday, January 13th, we will post 10 States each week for 5 weeks in alphabetical order on our FaceBook Page.
  • During the week will we ask you to nominate a K-12 school (public, private or homeschool) and post it on our FB Page.
  • Should there be a tie for nominated school gardens within a state, we will draw a winner using at the end of that week and announce them on our FB page.

We believe it our responsibility to take part in educating coming generations about the benefits of gardening and growing your own food. It is an important life skill!

We are the winners of The Seed Keeper Project! Our winning schools inspire us!


"I respect generosity in people, and I respect it in companies, too. I don't look at it as philanthropy; I see it as an investment in the community."

Paul Newman


"Your Seed Keeper Project is just one example of the many initiatives needed across the country to engage parents, families, and children to get excited about making healthy choices and we applaud your work!"

From a letter to the Seed Keeper Company from The U.S. Department of Education

The Newton School

Stafford, Vermont

Hi Carol and Kerrie,

What a great surprise to receive the Seed Keeper and award from you! Now our seeds will be safely stored and organized. I usually bring the seeds back and forth from my house, but after a week of the hustle of gardening-with-120-kids, there are some in my car, my backpack, pants pockets, the tool shed, etc., and then I scramble to find the purple carrots to plant with the 8th grade… “I know I just saw them somewhere…” Just the other day, I noticed a seed packet outside the school garden shed, with some nibbles in it. Some little critter had snuck in and hauled it away.

Thanks to your creativity and generosity, I will be a better-organized Garden Teacher!