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Review for The Hummingbird Project, Cleveland, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We talk a lot about food security, food deserts, and poverty. We talk about ways to improve food access, increase independence and create sustainability. The Hummingbird Project has found a very basic, yet incredibly effective way to help address these issues. One subsidiary; The Cleveland Seed Bank is based in a city with high poverty rates, economic disparities, and crime rates. Yet they set up workshops in neighborhood libraries and offer seeds. Seeds for food and seeds of knowledge. They share information with everyone who attends these free and fully accessible sessions. Most attendees are new to growing, but some are garden-knowledgeable and the info sessions become inter-generational trainings of best practices to become somewhat self-sufficient in the inner city. One could argue that seeds are now available to everyone; they are within purchasing guidelines for SNAP, so that means they are without financial restrictions to even those in the most need. This, however, is not the case. To a family already struggling financially, the $10-20 necessary to purchase seeds & start a garden could be equivalent to a week’s worth of dinner. The Cleveland Seed Bank eliminates that issue by providing free seeds to all. No income check, no background check required. This organization is incredible. The altruistic nature of giving just to make the world a better place, by teaching people to become a bit more self-sufficient in order to help solve the food insecurity issues, is just amazing.

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