SEEDS is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2012. Originally, the focus was to revitalize an unused city-owned greenhouse in Nelson’s Lakeside Park. The greenhouse was used for growing food while creating a welcoming space for isolated seniors in the community to gather and work together with children and youth to produce nutritional vegetables which were then donated to food groups in the community.

Since then, SEEDS has built upon that foundation to offer many educational opportunities and workshops that have become an integral part of the food system and network of Nelson.

  • Seniors teach children at the SEEDS Nelson Greenhouse at Lakeside Park
    Seniors Teaching Children
  • Volunteers Harvesting
  • Sifting Soil Together
  • planterboxes
  • The New Outdoor Garden
  • Donating To Those In Need
  • SEEDS Adopt-A-Pot
    Adopt-A-Pot Program
  • Beautiful Harvests
  • Outdoor Gardens Flourish
  • Big Storm of 2015 Hits
  • A New Start
  • New Growth

SEEDS Guiding Principles

(Based on the Seven Pillars of Food Sovereignty)


Focus on Food for People


Build Knowledge and Skills


Work with Nature
Value Food Providers


Value Food Providers


Localize Food Systems


Put Control Locally
Food is Sacred


Food is Sacred

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

Food and Agriculture Organization

Did You know?

The first six pillars were developed at the International Forum for Food Sovereignty in Nyéléni, Mali, in 2007. The seventh pillar – Food is Sacred – was added by members of the Indigenous Circle during the People’s Food Policy process.

Our Board

We are so pleased to have the community on our SEEDS team.

SEEDS currently has 3 board members:

Stephanie Myers, Director
Bruce Edson, Director and Lynn Brousson, Director

photo by Joel Pelletier

Seeds board and volunteers SEEDY Saturday 2016

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We could use some fresh energy to help us in the next phase at our new location in 2019!


We couldn’t do it without you!

SEEDS Volunteers

While SEEDS has been fortunate to be able to afford some paid staff over the years, the majority of our work is been completed by volunteers. In addition to the board members, SEEDS has over 25 active volunteers that work in the gardens, at events and generally help out as needed.

we love our SEEDS volunteers!

We LOVE our Volunteers!

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Let’s GROW together!


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View the seeds 2015 annual report

2015 Annual Report

Each year we provide a detailed report of reached goals and Income Statement for our members and the public at large.

View SEEDS 2016 Annual Report

SEEDS Yearly Goals

2015 Overview

Diversify Revenue

In previous years, the percentage of annual revenue from grants was 70% with fundraising events at 16% and memberships and sales making up the remaining 14%. In 2015, even though we had less than 6 months of sales (where we sold 1/3 of our greens for revenue), our breakdown for 2015 changed to grants 63%, and fundraising events 25% and the remaining 12% from memberships and sales. It was great to see greater diversity in our revenue streams; in total we raised $12,000 in addition to grant funds.
  • Grant Revenue 63% 63%
  • Fundraising Events 25% 25%
  • Memberships & Sales 12% 12%

Deliver Education

Bringing school groups to learn and spend time with us is a key ingredient for SEEDS and we endeavor to welcome as many as we can. One school group in particular spent a lot of time with us this year. A class from Wildflower School came four times, once to plant seeds, then to transplant, then to harvest and finally to turn their spent plants into the compost pile. This group was particularly saddened by the loss of the greenhouse in the June storm and they made a plan to raise money to help rebuild. At our AGM in October 2015, one student presented their earnings from selling dried fruit that they had made and packaged for a total of $354.25. What generosity and caring!

Maintain Social Benefit

One of the primary benefits SEEDS is proud of is our positive social impact in community. We were able to increase our weekly donations of fresh produce to local food relief agencies and welcome many volunteers to gather and connect in our welcoming space.

Strengthen Relationships

The working partnership we have with the City of Nelson was supported this year through improved communications and clarity of expectations from both groups. A new relationship was fostered with the West Kootenay Eco Societythrough work on the 5th Annual Edible Garden Tour in August 2015.


Enhance Organizational Capacity

Through transition, there is opportunity. When an organization like SEEDS experiences such explosive growth in such a short amount of time, system development, process and policy tend to take a back seat to programs work. Much time and effort was spent this year to create working systems within the financial, administrative, communication, human resources and operational departments of SEEDS. It is great to see this all tightened up as we move into our next phase.

Increase Awareness & Understanding

It has been a year of great media coverage for SEEDS, both for fortunate and unfortunate reasons. Our Facebook page likes have increased by 46%, we were featured in the Nelson Star over ten times and had radio interviews with Kootenay Coop RadioJuice FM and CBC. To top it all off, just this past month, we received the Sustainable Leadership Award from the City of Nelson. It truly feels like more people know about, support and understand the work of SEEDS in Nelson.