RadioRotary interviews Asheville (NC) South Rotarian Peter Marks, President and CEO of Seed Programs International (SPI), a global effort to improve food supplies by providing vegetable seeds and gardening advice especially to regions of the world where poverty is endemic. The nonprofit repurposes excess seeds provided by seed companies and other donors. Most vegetable seeds are tiny and many varieties have long shelf lives, so when stocks of seeds are not sold, SPI will take them, repackage the seeds, and ship them to Africa, Central American, the Caribbean, or Asia, where they can launch gardens of healthy vegetables. SPI works with many organizations to provide the seeds, including Rotary clubs, the United Nations, and the United States military services among others. Seeds include all kinds of vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, melons, carrots, and various greens (but not grains such as maize, wheat, or rice). One of the partner programs is Rotarians Against Hunger, a coalition of North Carolina clubs that package meals for places where hunger is a problem. There is much more to tell, so listen to the whole program.
Seed Programs International: https://seedprograms.org/
Rotarians Against Hunger: http://rotariansagainsthunger.org/
Rotary Club of Asheville South: https://www.southashevillerotary.org/
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