Debbie Berger and John Sessions, co-founders of Seeding Galveston, a non-profit 501(c)3 urban farm project, are committed to ensuring that residents and visitors to Galveston Island can buy locally grown food at reasonable prices, make wiser, more nutritious food choices, reduce the community’s carbon footprint, and enhance the security of the neighborhoods by eliminating unused vacant lots.
Seeding Galveston’s newest project include establishing kitchen gardens at people’s homes, setting up a service to pick up compostables from residential homes, and working with students at Ball High School to teach the importance of healthy eating through hands-on gardening.
John began his career in agriculture while visiting the California coast in the 1990s. Volunteering at a six-acre organic farm near Malibu, he quickly discovered his passion, taking on more and more farm responsibilities. To further the farm’s outreach, he developed a school program with the Santa Monica school district including regular field trips and educationally interactive events. Once the school program was a success and running effectively through his volunteer program, he focused on enlarging and enhancing the farm’s on-site vending and restaurant sales program.. As farm operations manager, John was responsible for overseeing all farm activities, business strategies and planning, while adhering to a dedicated approach to sustainable and organic farm practices.
Debbie’s connection with sustainable farming goes back quite a few decades when she was involved with the back to the land movement of the 1970s. With the Whole Earth Catalog and Foxfire at her side, Debbie helped farmed a bucolic five acres tucked into a bend of Sunfish Creek in rural southeastern Ohio. A newspaper column, Poison Ivy Paradise, chronicled the experience. Following a career in journalism, raising a family of five, and developing a successful marketing company in Ohio, Maryland and Kansas, Debbie decided it was time to pull out of the mainstream and find her niche on Galveston Island. Joining Deborah’s Garden seemed only natural, and that led to her partnership with John Sessions to create Seeding Galveston.
To develop sustainable urban agriculture on Galveston Island through successful small farm prototypes, hands on teaching methods and the creation of a island-wide locavore food culture.
Seeding Galveston seeks to:
* Provide fresh, organic, Island grown food to all residents.
* Educate and support producers at all levels from single family kitchen gardens to market farms and beyond. Connect those growers to consumers through education and community participation.
* Enhance life on the Island by providing a new and vital food culture, an economy that supports local small farmers and and a renewed community spirit through all citizens working hand in hand to achieve a common goal.
* Using the neighborhood farm at 33rd and N as a successful model where we use hands-on teaching for the important methods and techniques to produce crops for personal consumption and for sale at the marketplace. The Farm reinforces the relationship between local growers and their neighbors through traditional farm stand markets.
Thanks to these organizations for all of your generous support throughout the years- Moody Gardens, Greg West Tree Service, Earth Creations, McCoys, DSW Homes, Starbucks, UTMB, Kempner Fund, Craig and Angela Brown, Central Methodist Church, American National, GOFM, and Smart Family Literacy.