Are you tired of your child selling candy bars and pizzas to raise money for school programs? Looking for a fresh fundraising idea with health benefits? Sell seeds!
With “green” options all around us and folks striving to live healthier lives, it makes good sense to include seeds in your school’s fundraising activities. It is a practical guarantee that your child will have to peddle some sort of merchandise during their school years; it may as well be a product that won’t rot their teeth or their brain.
There are several good programs available through independent seed companies. Some are simple and others are more complex with a variety of options. Choose a plan that will work best with your fundraising goals.
One of the simplest programs is offered by Botanical Interests in Colorado. Customers buy seed packets directly from the company by online ordering or with a paper form. The seeds are shipped straight to the customers and Botanical Interests shares the profits with the school. The beauty of this program style is that there is very little work required by the students, and the customer pool is virtually endless because the invitational emails can travel anywhere.
A more in-depth program is provided by Seeds of Change in New Mexico. Schools purchase seed collections from the company and sell them for a profit. There are four collections – Italian Kitchen, Kids, Salad, and Salsa – and each contains 4 types of seed packets. Each collection includes vegetables and flowers or herbs. Collections come in selected quantities, or a custom order is also possible. Seeds of Change also provides catalogs and order forms for future or additional sales.
Fedco Seeds in Maine has a more diverse program for selling seeds. This company offers three different routes to choose from. The first is simple door-to-door selling that most of us are familiar with; kids take orders, collect money, distribute the seeds, and keep a portion for profit. A second option is the student-run seed operation. The seeds are purchased in bulk and students repack them to sell; this involves much more work but the children learn valuble skills. Kids get to select the plant varieties, design their own seeds packets, learn to measure seed quantities, and develop a plan to market their wares. The third opportunity is really a gardening workshop, nearly a class in itself. Students build their own garden, beginning with composting, then moving on to plant, grow, and harvest their own seeds. They sell the seeds they grow with their own hands, thus building confidence and pride in their work. This program focuses on garden and farming skills to benefit the whole community.
All three of these seed companies offer organic and heirloom seeds for fundraising, and all have signed the Safe Seed Pledge (they do not knowingly sell genetically modified seeds.) They also emphasize organic methods of plant production. Seed sales are a great springtime fundraiser, appealing to many people and offering students more diversity and learning opportunities.