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Seeds2Share

Giving people a chance to experience the thrill of bonding with nature

WHAT IS SEEDS2SHARE?

Do you remember the thrill you felt the first time you sowed a seed and watched it sprout and grow, and the connection you felt with “your” plant? Seeds2Share was created to give people in our community a chance to experience that thrill and that bond with nature. It was designed to further our mission by turning our neighbors into nurturers of nature who teach others how to propagate native pollinator plants from seed. It was inspired by the fact that the two fastest growing demographics in our village of Miami Shores are young people and the elderly. Our Seeds2Share kits instill in our young people a connection with nature and with community, and a love of making plants grow, and they give older residents the ability to grow plants that beautify our community despite infirmity or having downsized to a condo or apartment without a garden.

Students at WJ Bryan Museum Magnet School are placing the peat pellets in the black trays prior to adding water. which expands the pellets to planting size.
Pre-K4 students at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church Preschool at our S2S workshop. We think the act of putting seeds into soil you prepared to make them grow turns people into nurturers of nature. And why not celebrate when you’re done planting?
This young girl clearly feels the magic of having planted seeds at a workshop at our local library.

With assistance from a grant from the Miami Shores Community Alliance, matching funds from other donors, and the help of numerous volunteers, we developed a kit that includes a mini-greenhouse, information on the native pollinator seeds in the kit, a sheet of butterfly stickers, two sets of peat pellets, and two packets containing seeds of Tropical or Blood sage (Salvia coccinea, native from South Carolina to Florida, and west to Texas), which fit our requirements: the seeds germinate quickly and easily; the flowers attract butterflies and bees (hummingbirds are a bonus!) all year round in South Florida; they are drought-tolerant; and they grow well in sun or light shade.

Once we developed the kit, we took our show on the road, so to speak, with germination workshops at Girl Scout troops and numerous schools in our community.

This is Victoria, a Girl Scout who proudly shows off the results of her germination skills.
Tropical or scarlet sage is very easy to germinate, and it comes in pink and white as well. It is a wonderful pollinator and hummingbird plant.
You can read more about our Seeds2Share program, which was featured in the summer edition of the North American Butterfly Association’s Butterfly Gardener magazine.

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