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The mission of Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about growing food using sustainable practices and share the pleasures of fresh healthy food.  

Seed to Seed works with community gardens, high school and middle school students, and others in the Northwoods community to educate and share sustainable gardening practices including seed saving and food preservation.  The project's gardens are located at Many Ways of Peace and provide produce for the peace center kitchen and for Vilas Food Pantry. 

Vilas County Master Gardeners welcomes all gardeners and would-be gardeners to attend and be a part of their Club.  The Club is organized to instruct and educate members and the public on all aspects of gardening, whether edible or non-edible.  Club members meet every month on the second Thursday of the month at 6PM at Prince of Peace Church in Eagle River. 

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Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project started in 2009 through the VILAS Vision Leadership program. The mission is to educate people of all ages and economic means about growing their own food using sustainable methods and to share the joy of eating fresh food. We advocate for a healthy food system that is accessible to all.

Seed to Seed is a volunteer project founded by Debra Ketchum Jircik, Director of Many Ways of Peace and Vilas County UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteer, and LynnAnn Thomas, Master Gardener volunteer and proprietor of Path to Nature Garden and Education Center in Sugar Camp. It is supported through donations, grants, fundraising events, and the sale of micro-greens and salad and herb baskets at various events, including the Eagle River Farmers' Market and by the invaluable hands-on work of community volunteers who plant and tend the gardens.

Many Ways of Peace is the programs fiscal agent and home to Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project's demonstration garden, which furnishes produce for the Peace Center kitchen and also for recipients at the Vilas Food Pantry. We grow in containers, use companion planting, and have a no-till gardening method with raised beds and mound gardening, which is a very old indigenous practice.

Seed to Seed partners with various community groups to help grow the good-food revolution, as one of their teachers, Will Allen of Growing Power in Milwaukee, describes it. For the past two years, Seed to Seed has partnered with the Vilas Food Pantry to teach people how to grow their own edible container gardens at the late May community dinners. In March, Seed to Seed sponsored a Seed Swap at Many Ways of Peace and for Earth Day held a fundraising Northwoods premier screening of "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?"

LynnAnn represented Seed to Seed at Lac du Flambeau for their LET'S MOVE event in May with an ainformational display on growing micro-greens and container gardening. Seed to seed is also one of the partners that helped organize the Northland Pines Community Garden.

Is your organization interested in a presentation on growing your own food using sustainable methods, on micro-greens, community garden projects, or composting/vermicomposting? Do you need a consultant on your new garden project? Please contact Debra or LynnAnn. They will be happy to pack their GROW MOBILES and come to your location.

A project of the MJ Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice, Inc.
IRS approved 501(c)(3)
PO Box 189, Eagle River, WI 54521