1 in 3 children in Baltimore are food insecure—and it's been decades since the urban gardening taskforce was defunded.
Seedling believes that education is at the heart of sprouting long-lasting change in the community. We've partnered with several local schools and youth programs to integrate a custom, interactive curriculum which covers topics ranging from hydroponics and food systems to equity and computer-aided design. Our work targets at-risk youth, and their feedback informs our operations.
Seedling also builds and provides hydroponic units, which are tools that grow plants using a water-based nutrient solution in replacement of soil.
Seedling was co-founded by Arshdeep Singh, Nate Ji, and other JHU alumni.
Seedling was incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. At this point, Seedling was only involved in designing, manufacturing, and selling hydroponics.
We launched our 40-hour curriculum and taught 5 weekly sessions, which impacted over 200 students.
Seedling also joined the Social Innovation Lab cohort. We connected with other growing ventures and updated our misson.
Seedling has continued to grow since. We've connected with community gardens, local businesses, community-based organizations, and public schools to hold educational workshops and expand our program locations.