boxes of seeds in paper bags

These packages of seeds were distributed in late March.

Mila Fournier distributes seedlings and seeds at Southsice Community Center
Image by Sandy Repp

Seed/soil distribution at Southside Community Center in May


Seed Giveaway

  • Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 29, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For 2021, our Horticulture Program is planning to hold a series of seed and plant giveaways of curated collections of seeds and donated seedlings. We are prioritizing BIPOC community members, disabled or elderly folks, and low income families between 10-11:30 am and everyone else is welcome after 11:30.

We plan to have 3 giveaways: 

  • Sat, March 27th for seeds that need to be started indoors, 
  • Sat, April 24th for seeds that can go right into the garden as spring days start to warm up, and some again in the fall (information on which seeds will be included)
  • Sat, May 29th for seeds that will only tolerate the warmth of summer along with donated seedlings

All are welcome, seeds and plants will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. This giveaway will include packs of seeds that must be started inside under lights or in a warm spot with bright sunlight.  CCE-Tompkins staff members and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions (from an appropriate distance).

General and specific variety growing information will be provided for the specific varieties of seed we are distributing.

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

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Ithaca, NY 14850-3555

Last updated April 9, 2021