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Seeds of Solidarity Education Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Food, Food Programs, Youth Development

Mission: Food and Hunger

Target demographics: low income youth, schools and families grow food everywhere

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts and beyond

Programs: gardens that transform hunger and promote health and nutrition, youth leadership, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture as antidotes to climate change.

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Josh39

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Terrific organization that helps teens find deeper meaning in food, relationships, and themselves.

stanhabib

Donor

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity is a wonderful example of individuals who not only profess good morals and values but they live their life incorporating this model as well

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Donor

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity Education Center has been an organization devoted to educating on healthy eating and healthy growing of food. It prides itself on purely organic , non chemical farming. In addition it educates on how to perform such farming close to home or even at home. A major part of the Center is to educate and provide an enriching and educational experience for individuals of all ages and including younger ages such as teens. Their work has been in progress for many years and is admired by all who know and understand their contribution to health, sustainability and "growing food everywhere."

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher at the local high school, I see student after student transformed after being involved with the SOL (Seeds of Leadership) program. I also love driving around town and seeing the Grow Food Everywhere gardens that are the result of a resident's involvement in this Seeds of Solidarity program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity is responsible for numerous outreach programs I have seen in action in our North Quabbin communities. Staff help people of all ages understand our relationship with the land through agriculture. They come to our schools, libraries, and community centers as well as running programs at their farm. They represent an important community resource.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The teen program changed my life for the better! I found who I am wanted to be and used teachings from SOL to become the person I am now! I now plan to teach my son the same techniques and practices and plan on teaching him the life skills I learned here

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a great program, so badly needed, and run by such wonderful genuine people! They have done so many great things for the youth in our area, teaching them about our earth and showing them a better path. This picture is me with Rick, the co-founder - they had me there to give a cooking class. Great fun! They came to my cafe and installed raised gardens with herbs and veggies. They are amazing.

Zetta R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity has helped me and so many people that I know not only learn about sustainability but also about themselves and how to help the community in countless ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known this organization for years, They have brought wonderful education to our area in Orange and are a non-stop inspiration to others. You can grow food anywhere and they work to teach that every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Community, education, social justice work, and local pride. Everything adds up to an amazing NP in a region that thrives on their work. Cannot say enough positive things about Seeds of Solidarity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity and the people I've met there have become a second family to me. Deb and Ricky were so supportive of my ambitions throughout my time volunteering with them and they continue to be supportive and loving today. The other staff at Seeds of Solidarity are also fantastic and I have connected deeply with each and every one of them. Seeds of Solidarity is a place filled with love, learning and an opening of the mind. It's because of my work with them that I continue to do activism and community based work today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOL garden is what brought me out of my shell, and in a lot of ways made me who I am today. It gave me the tools to succeed, and I took them to college with me. I'll be back to visit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned for Seeds of Solidarity for a few years and it was the best decision of my life to become part of it. I met some amazing people and learned so much, not just about gardening and healthy living, but also the importance of having an open mind and just getting outside. Seeds of Solidarity is an amazing organization that really opens up new worlds and opportunities for a lot of people that you wouldn't think were out there.

Kerry T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity does wonderful work in central Massachusetts to help youth learn organic gardening and to provide education to the public. They are co-founders of the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, which brings people from all over Massachusetts to learn about sustainable practices. We moved to Orange, MA this year and knowing about the great work that Seeds of Solidarity is doing was one of the reasons why we chose this town.

Nancy274

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our nutrition education conference was fortunate to have Deb Habib present workshops for us in March 2016 that were not only informative but fun! Attendees learned simple ways to plant food no matter if you live in the country or the city! We also learned some great tasting ways to prepare what we grow. Everyone left the workshops inspired to grow a garden!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seeds of Solidarity has been making a wonderful difference all over the North Quabbin area; they've helped schools and motivated students to get involved in sustainable agriculture, and the Garlic and Arts Festival is probably the best event of its kind I've seen. Every student I know who's been involved with SOS has nothing but great things to say about them. As a past educator I have watched SOS working with and inspiring students to be the best they can be.

1 RobertEB

Donor

Rating: 5

Every time I visit SOS I'm more impressed with the work they're doing. Teaching people, to grow organic food, to live in rythem with nature and feel more at peace within, is so despertly needed, especially in todays fast pace environment. Their work with teens is especially inspiring to me.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to SOS every year because I believe strongly in their mission. They are raising consciousness and teaching people in their community how to live a more ecologically sound life. They work with teenagers and the elderly and everyone in between to, as their motto says, grow food everywhere. I only hope their work will serve as an example for the whole country of what can be accomplished in creating a greener community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the years, I've known several youngsters who interned in Orange with the Seeds of Solidarity Education Center Inc. Always, I was highly impressed with what the youngsters learned & how they went on in the world. What a wonderful way to share vital information about growing food, sustainability, caring for the environment & others.

1 Caroline39

Former staff

Rating: 5

I interned at Seeds of Solidarity for the growing season of 2006. To this day, it is still one of the most wonderful memories of my life. I learned so much about growing food, sustainable living as well as healthy family dynamics and earth-centered spirituality. I am so grateful to know that Rick and Deb continue in their work and a little bit of my heart will always be with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I support Seeds and Solidarity and their mission while enjoying the farm stand in the summer with the most delicious, fresh, economically priced, and gorgeous vegetables! Eating good food is one of the best things we can do for our health. Knowing that Seeds of Solidarity helps schools and many groups learn how to grow food everywhere is so important. This is one of the most crucial missions and I hope your work continues to spread far and wide! Thank you Seeds of Solidarity!!!!!

Shelley30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeds of solidarity is a reawakening to all things simple and good! Educating people on how to be sustainable and involved in caring deeply for life on this planet is a huge job! This amazing non-profit has this in spades.

I am truly honored to be living so closely to this "movement" and to be able to connect with these remarkable visionaries!