Eat Local NY Announces Partnership with Salt of the Earth Seed Company

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Eat Local NY partners with Salt of the Earth Seed Company to promote regional diversity, provide seeds to school gardens

DOBBS FERRY, NY (May 2016) — The Salt of the Earth Seed Company and Eat Local NY have become partners in an effort to promote regional biodiversity, advocate for seed saving and to provide students proper seeds for their school gardens. Eat Local NY’s online marketplace will add over twenty types of seeds, including more than five Ark of Taste varieties, by introducing the Salt the of the Earth Seed Company into its producer portfolio.

Just in time for the growing season, customers will have the opportunity to purchase seeds such as the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, Mammoth Long Island Dill, Tongue of Fire Beans and more. By purchasing seeds, customers will not only get to grow food for their own pleasure, but will also provide seeds to children in need. With every packet of seeds you purchase, Eat Local NY will donate 100 seeds to students at a school garden as part of their School Garden Project.

All of the seeds from Salt of the Earth Company come from their own farm, Invincible Summer Farms on the North Fork of Long Island in Southold, NY. The seeds are used on the farm for fresh production to grow rare, unique and endangered heirloom and open pollinated vegetables for some of the finest New York City restaurants.

“In addition to providing fresh produce to the public and fine restaurants, our primary mission of preserving biodiversity is fulfilled as seed savers with the maintenance of our seed bank with well over 6,000 crop varieties to date,” said Stephanie Gaylor of Invincible Sumer Farms. “Biodiversity is a key to not only changing food systems, but also keeping food traditions alive.”

The partnership will also allow Eat Local NY to introduce basic seed saving workshops to children at school gardens and families at emergency food outlets. The Salt of the Earth Seed Company is part of the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium, which is a collaborative effort dedicated to education, advocacy and research to foster and nurture local seed systems. Both organizations believe in seed sovereignty and open source maintenance of seed that is available to everyone. This partnership will improve access and education. Grow. Share. Preserve. Explore.

About Eat Local NY:

Founded by Dobbs Ferry native Derek DiGuglielmo, Eat Local NY is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in the state of New York and supply proper education and resources to children on food and nutriment while strengthening local food systems by supporting, promoting and advocating for local, sustainable farmers and producers.

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