Seed of Life Frederick Md Non-Profit
Mike Dickson had been up since 5am and it was obvious. He lost his train of thought in the middle of greeting me, but laughed it off and explained his lack of sleep. Seed of Life Nurseries is the vehicle that absorbs his devotion.
He had been at the farm on Butterfly Lane most of the morning, helping to set up for eight hours of vegetable planting with over a hundred students from nearby New Life Christian School. By the time I arrived at 12:30 they were well on their way to planting over a thousand pounds of potatoes and vegetables in the 10 acre plot granted them by the city.
Groups and organizations like the Boys and Girls club and Big Brothers and Sister, along with numerous schools and churches in the area are helping this year to plant vegetables and flowers in Frederick to help beautify the area and feed needy families. Students from Towson, Hood, and University of Maryland are writing theses on the community planting that they are doing in the area to help build a curriculum to teach kids in the area about giving back to their communities.
Sharing the Work
Five years ago when Seed of Life Nurseries started, they were planting food to feed 14 families in the Frederick area. This year they will feed over 100, and next year close to 200.
This year they have a number of planting and community events planned, including a farmers market and a re-beautification project for the Hillcrest and Waverly neighborhoods. They’ve also started a CSA, or, Community Supported Agriculture program, where volunteers give their financial and physical help to grow vegetables and produce for needy families.
Mike told me that he and his wife both grew up in Section 8 housing and on welfare, and when they relocated to Maryland, they saw a need to feed and care for disadvantaged families in the area and founded Seed of Life. In 2009 they became a certified non-profit. Seed of Life’s financial support comes from businesses and organizations and individuals in the area who donate their time and money, as well as from the sale of some of their products to local restaurants.
With so much growth and support from businesses and organizations, it’s hard to ignore the impact that Seed of Life is having on families in the Frederick area. Mike told me they are always happy to have people volunteer their time during planting and community events.
Meet Mike and Find Out More…
The Celebrating Green Days event at the Business Factory of Frederick will benefit Seed of Life by donating half of the ticket proceeds to the Nursery. Mike Dickson and his wife will be present throughout this weekend to meet people and explain all about the Seed of Life non-profit venture. Like Seed of Life on Facebook.
Props to the City of Frederick for choosing to use this land for such a great community support project!