Start Seeds/Save Seeds
Hey, teachers!

Thanks for your interest in participating in Start Seeds/Save Seeds this year!

Start Seeds/Save Seeds (S4) is a program that started in MARESA schools in 2015 to provide school garden support: transplants, seeds, and lesson plan ideas. Over the years, interest in the program and funding have increased so that we are now able to offer this program to a greater number of schools in the U.P.

Seed saving is one of the best ways to interact with the garden, because...

- Seed saving is hands-on, outdoors, and experiential
- Seed saving answers the question: where does food come from?
- Studying seed saving illustrates the big picture in many subjects: science and biology, social studies, nutrition and health
- Seed saving empowers students to become an informed part of the next generation of eaters (and farmers!)


Cucumber - Tomato- Basil - Kale - Lettuce - Pepper - Summer Squash - Cilantro - Bush Beans - Carrots - Peas

Transplants and seeds are selected from open-pollinated varieties of popular fruits and veggies that suit our short growing season. The program includes about 60 transplants and several easy-to-save seeds that are planted directly in the ground in the spring.

Choose to pick up transplants at the North Farm in Chatham OR get transplants delivered to your school garden when you plant as a class.


Choose educational activities that teach how to save seeds, eat well, and understand the food system. It's okay if you've never saved seeds before -- these visits from garden educators are a resource to help you and your students learn how to do it and explain why it's important. We offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities connected with seed saving tailored to fit your schedule and the age of your students.


Classes will be given the opportunity to visit the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham or a farm in their area. Coordination of this event and financial support for busing with be made available through this program.


At events throughout the year, join others in the community and meet the gardeners that participated in the program at a seed swaps, potlucks, and workshops with Queen City Seed Library in Marquette.


Please fill out this form by THURSDAY, MARCH 1. Funding is limited. Have questions? Contact Abbey at 906-439-5058 or 


Thanks to Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, MSU Extension, MSU Ag-Bio Research, The North Farm at MSU U.P. Research and Extension Center, The UP Food Exchange, Transition Marquette County, MQT Growth, Queen City Seed Library, and Seed Savers Exchange Community Seed Resource Program for their active participation in this project. The estimated value of assistance provided to each of the schools selected for the program is $405 worth of materials, staff time, and travel to visit schools; additional travel funding is available to transport students to local farms for tours.

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