boxes of seeds in paper bags

These packages of seeds were distributed in late March.

Seed Giveaway at Southside Community Center
Image by Mila Fournier

Seeds and Soil distributed at Southside Community Center on March 9th.


Seed, Veggie Starts, Soil, Container Giveaway at Southside Food Pantry

  • Saturday, May 23, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Our Horticulture Program will distribute free seeds during the Southside Community Center Food Pantry hours on Saturday, May 23 from 11am-1pm. All are welcome, seeds will be distributed first come-first served. This giveaway will include packs of seeds that can go into the ground right away or be grown on a windowsill for fresh leafy greens or micro-greens. We will also have a number of plant starts and a limited number of containers donated by Ithaca Agway for folks who want to grow their own food but need to grow in containers or on a patio or porch. CCE-Tompkins staff members will be on hand to answer questions (from an appropriate distance).

Our Master Gardener Volunteers have created a spreadsheet with growing information aboutthe specific varieties of seed we are distributing. Find it at this link: Seed Info.

In addition, Cornell maintains a home vegetable growing guide with lots of great and simple to navigate info about growing your veggies. Find it at this link: Home Growing Guide.

Our Master Gardeners will be starting a Grow-Along project in which they will be growing the exact same seeds you have received.  Send your email to to join the Grow-Along and get updates with how to guides, videos, and tips for what to do if you run into a challenge.




Southside Community Center
305 South Plain Street
Ithaca, New York 14850

Last updated May 22, 2020