What is SEED?
The Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Inc. (S.E.E.D.) is a new economic development initiative with local organizations from Racine and Kenosha Counties. The Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency is the fiscal sponsor of SEED. Key partners in this initiative are: UW-Extension, Racine Urban Gardens Network, Kenosha Harbor Market, Kenosha Potato Project, Burlington Farmer’s Market, Gateway Technical College, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative, and the Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency.
Planting a SEED Workshop
Workshop Description: On March 16, 2010, eighty people from Kenosha and Racine Counties involved with and interested in promoting business and job development through local agricultural production and consumption attended the Planting a SEED Workshop.
Purpose: Build Regional Partnerships to promote a broad range of initiatives related to sustainable, edible economic development.
Seven Categories of Initiatives/Goals Proposed By Workshop Participants:
- Connect Growers and Consumer
- Educational Initiatives Aimed at a Broad Range Of Audiences
- Financing/Business Planning/Business & Job Development/Training Coordination
- Policy Changes by Governments and Institutions to Promote Healthy Food Production and Consumption
- Community and School Garden Creation and Expansion
- Certified Kitchen(s) Development
- New Organizations/Structures
Workshop Follow-up: The Steering Committee of SEED met several times after the Workship to develop a strategic plan taking into account the input from the Workshop. Please click on the link in the upper left hand corner of this page to see the Mission, Vision, Goals and Strategies adopted by the SEED Board. Also, SEED recently received a CAN Works Grant from the Center for Community Partnerships at UW-Parkside. The purpose of the grant is to help SEED build its organizational capacity to achieve its Vision, Mission, and Goals.