Thank you for considering a fund raiser with John Scheepers Kitchen Garden
Seeds. We have worked with many local garden clubs, school groups, churches
and human service agencies on fund raisers with our Dutch flower bulbs.
Finally, in response to many requests, we are offering a seed fund raising
Feedback from hundreds of non-profit groups indicates that their fund
raisers have been well-received and successful. In large part, their success has
been attributed to the fact that the plant material is of the highest quality and
product selections are not common varieties. The process is simple, even
fun, and takes on a momentum and energy of its own.
Our line of vegetable, herb and flower seeds is ideally suited to kitchen
gardens across the United States. We offer over 300 exceptional varieties that have
been selected due to their horticultural vitality; superior growing
characteristics; exceptional flavor; superior cooking performance and unusual color, texture
or shape. Our seeds have been sourced from the best seed growers found in the
US, Europe, Israel and Japan. Scheeper's quality standards ensure the
highest quality of seed in terms of germination rates, purity, lack of seed-borne
pathogens and commitment to not carrying treated nor genetically modified
Selecting the Seed Varieties for Your Fund Raiser
Organizations select the seed varieties for their fund raisers in accord with their purpose in the community, local beautification themes, community
gardening initiatives, garden club "picks" or...their volunteers' own personal favorites. A non-profit, public garden may sell heirloom flower seed to support their own historical garden restoration. A day care center may sell "A Child 's Garden of Wonder" collection. An urban garden club may sell "The Terrace
Container Garden" collection. A church group may sell "The Essential Tomato
Garden" collection and follow it up with a series of fall pasta dinners to
raise even more money. A student group might sell pumpkin seeds to support a
Halloween festival and dance. A wildlife conservation group might sell our
new Ornamental Gourd Large Fruited Mixture as a fund raiser in the spring and
then sell hand-crafted, dried, gourd birdhouses around the holidays. Let
your imagination go wild!
There are many fun ways to heighten community interest and media attention
to your fund raiser. If you are going to sell "The Essential Tomato Garden"
collection, convince your local newspaper to hold a pasta sauce recipe
If you are going to sell pumpkin seeds, sponsor a pumpkin carving contest
We recommend offering no more than ten varieties in your fund raiser. The
key is to keep it manageable, fun and profitable. Attached, we present a list of
the top vegetable, herb and flower seeds for your consideration.
If you want to make selections from our full line of vegetable, herb and
flower seeds, you may visit www.kitchengardenseeds, spend some time with our
catalog or phone us at (860) 567-6086 if you want to find out what varieties
are best for your geographical region; a munching deer population; canning and
freezing; cut-flower bouquets or heirloom selections. There are so many good
themes or ways in which to select seed varieties for your fund raiser. We
would be happy to help you pick them out.
Chefs Collaborative Statement of Principles
The Chefs Collaborative is a network of chefs, restaurateurs and other
culinary professionals who promote sustainable cuisine by teaching their
children, supporting local farmers, educating each other and inspiring their
customers to choose clean, healthy foods.
- Food is fundamental to life. It nourishes us in body and soul and the
sharing of food immeasurably enriches our sense of community.
- Good, safe, wholesome food is a basic human right.
- Society has the obligation to make good, pure food affordable and
accessible to all.
- Good food begins with unpolluted air, land and water, environmentally
sustainable farming and fishing and humane animal husbandry.
- Sound food choices emphasize locally grown, seasonally fresh and whole or
minimally processed ingredients.
- Cultural and biological diversity is essential for the health of the
planet and its inhabitants. Preserving and revitalizing sustainable food and
agricultural traditions strengthen that diversity.
- The healthy, traditional diets of many cultures offer abundant evidence
that fruits, vegetables, beans, breads and grains are the foundation of good
- As part of their education, children deserve to be taught basic cooking
skills and to learn the impact of their food choices on themselves, on their
culture and on their environment.
For further information about the Chefs Collaborative and about community
programs near you so that you may support their efforts, please contact them
262 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone: (617) 236-5200