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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Reducing hunger in New Mexico
one garden at a time

Seed2Need

Seed2Need is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to reducing hunger in our community by growing fresh fruits and vegetables and donating it to local food pantries. Seed2Need has donated over 725,000 pounds of produce since the project began in 2008.

Seed2Need currently grows approximately 1 1/2 acres of vegetables and maintains two orchards containing over 140 fruit trees. All are located in Corrales, New Mexico on land donated by local property owners. Crops include tomatoes, green chile, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, bell peppers and melons and the Seed2Need orchards include several varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, and apricots.

Seed2Need volunteers and community partners also glean fruit from other orchards in Corrales and the surrounding area. In years without a late hard frost, it is not unusual to harvest over 40,000 pounds of fruit in the month of September alone. In this case, Seed2Need partners with Roadrunner Food Bank and the bounty is distributed statewide.

Special Thanks!

Seed2Need takes pride in our ability to seed, grow and harvest fresh produce for those in need. Unfortunately, when our cold frame overheated the Spring of 2022, we lost a significant number of our tomato and green chile seedlings. Thanks to the support of local businesses, other Sandoval County Master Gardeners and Seed2Need volunteers, we refilled the gardens with healthy plants and had a successful harvest. We would like to recognize and thank those who supported this effort.

Business Partners:
Bonnie Plants
Alameda Greenhouse
Jericho Nursery
Lowe’s Home Improvement #2879 and #1636
The Home Depot #3517 and #3504

And contributions from:

Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners
Seed2Need volunteers
Local community members, family, and friends

Without your help, we would not have been able to fulfill our mission of providing fresh produce to families facing food insecurity in New Mexico. A huge “Thank You” for your generosity and support.

~ The Seed2Need Leadership Team and Board Members ~

New Mexicans Facing Hunger

Grandparents raising grandchildren, those facing chronic health issues and hunger, the disabled, and those unable to find gainful employment. Each of our neighbors in need receive services from Roadrunner Food Bank programs and member partners in our community.

FAQ

General information and answers to commonly asked questions.

News

2023 Year-End Report

2023 Year-End Report
Seed2Need 2023 Year-End Report. Harvest totals from the 2023 season, as well as successes, new developments, and lessons learned this year.

Articles

Seed starting

Seed Starting

Starting plants from seed is a great way to add diversity to your garden and save money doing it.
seed germination test

Testing Seed Germination

If your seed germination rate is less than 60%, consider purchasing new seeds or sowing additional seeds to compensate for the low rate.
Transplanting seedlings

Transplanting Seedlings

cold frame

Cold Frame

2023 Year-End Report

2023 Year-End Report
Seed2Need 2023 Year-End Report. Harvest totals from the 2023 season, as well as successes, new developments, and lessons learned this year.

Track Record

Year-End Reports 2011-2021

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About

Seed2Need, community gardens by the community, for the community.

Donating Produce

Donating produce
Donating your extra vegetables to a food pantry in your community makes a big difference to the families that rely on the pantries for assistance.

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering? Donating? Learn more about gardening with your neighbors. Young or old...we welcome everyone.

Building Low Cost Grow Light Sets

Grow light sets
Seed2Need uses three grow light sets. Two are Costco wire storage racks that are 17” deep and 4’ wide. They come with 6 shelves.  Seed2Need uses only 4 of these shelves and places them 16” apart in order to provide space to raise the...

Gardening Resources

Third party links and videos related to seed starting, gardening, and food insecurity in New Mexico.

How To Donate

Donate tomatoes
We accept donations through the United Way, PayPal, or the U.S. Postal Service. We are also one of the non-profit options when you are shopping with Amazon Smile.

Testimonials

The garden is magical. Not only does it provide food for many people, it also nurtures the many people that work in it. It has grown so much that it spread its wealthy spirit beyond the Master Gardeners to many others, ranging from boy scouts to grandchildren.

Lydia Allen

SCMG Master Gardener & Volunteer

Being out in the New Mexico sunshine, Sandhill Cranes or hot air balloons overhead, strangers collaborating to benefit community, rather than themselves…what a beautiful, and painless, way to give of yourself.

Wendy Fox Dial

Seed2Need Volunteer

The Gardens: The work is hard. The pay sucks, but the cause is great. The volunteers are wonderful and the gratification is magnificent.

David Whitely

Exec Dir, Rio Grande Food Project

There are many things that you can volunteer for, but this has a specific purpose. It is the most rewarding project that we have been involved with.

Billie & Harold Alderman

SCMG Master Gardener & Volunteers

Seed2Need has been a godsend to St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho. The fresh produce brought to us has literally saved many needy families from a serious hunger crisis this summer.

Sister Claire Kehl

St. Felix Food Pantry, Rio Rancho, NM

The Gardens: The work is hard. The pay sucks, but the cause is great. The volunteers are wonderful and the gratification is magnificent.

LD Alexander

Former Seed2Need Board Member