Free Seeds (Essay Contest)

Alice's Seed Box for Essay ContestSpring is a time when a lot of neat things come back to life, the snow melts, the ground becomes warmer and things start growing. Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we all think about our love to all the mother’s in our lives, our own moms, our grandmothers, our friends, our sisters and cousins who are moms. It seems that gardens, spring and moms all just go hand in hand, naturally. 

So, with the advent of spring, Patriot-Made Audiocast shares our porchside chat about music, gardens and passing things learned on from one generation to another and how those seeds take root in our lives. Nell Robinson is a bluegrass folk singer, who, with Jim Nunnelly, recorded a CD called “In The Garden,”  whose lyrics emphasize, ” Yesterday’s seeds hold the promise,” of hope and change.  To read more about this twosome click here.

We would like to inspire some of our own “seeds of hope and seeds of change” through our very first spring garden essay contest about how you would propose to help create hope and change through a garden project.

Send your essay to  and please put Spring Garden Contest in the subject line. The deadline is Sunday, May 10th on Mother’s Day (before midnight).

We look forward to awarding three individual seed boxes filled with a variety of seeds, to three lucky winners.

All you need to do is send us a short essay proposing how you will best use the seeds by growing food for yourself and for others,and how you’ll further save and share new seeds with other family members, an organization. or as a joint collaborative project in your community. The best ideas or most creative plans win!

Potentially, in time, hundreds of people could be fed, at little to no cost through our seeds of hope and seeds of change spring contest.

The essay must be 500 words, or less.

The seed boxes are original pieces of art created by our own Alice Fisher, who is our production company’s business consultant and website adviser.

This past weekend, Alice refurbished a few cigar boxes (hand sanded, painted and varnished them) and then packaged up a selection of her own heirloom, non-genetically modified (NGMO) seeds which she grew, dried and hand saved by herself on her small farm in Frederick County, Maryland.

The essay deadline date is May 10th at midnight, and if you need some ideas for your essay, visit for more information and inspiration about gardening.

And, we’d like to follow-up with the three winners in about three or four months with a special podcast interview, once your seeds of hope seeds of change projects have been implemented, and with any pictures you’d like to share as well.

We have three handcrafted seed boxes, filled with 10 – 14 different seed varieties which we’ll send out FREE to our three winners.

These simple hand painted boxes would possibly make a great Mother’s Day garden gift, or some kind of project for all the senior moms in a community, city or for a school to feed children.

The seeds, will keep for up to 25 years, if they stored in a freezer, and can be used for many years to come.

Please share with us your stories and creative ideas, and we’ll share with you our seeds of hope and change from Alice’s very own garden.

It’s our way of saying, Happy Mother’s Day and happy gardening to you and yours, as you build memories together.

“Yesterday’s Seeds Hold the Promise” of hope and change, so email us at   Please put Spring Garden Contest in the subject line.


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