The inspiration behind Seeds of Knowledge

In eighth grade, as a member of her middle school’s Student Council Executive Board, Namrita helped plan the annual Day of Giving. Through her experience, Namrita learned that food insecurity is a pressing issue in Highland Park and Highwood, Illinois, where there is an invisible population of families in need. One in every four elementary students qualify for federal reduced price lunch programs, and 5.9% of residents rely on food stamps. Namrita worked with her class to pack 5,000 cans of food for local families, she had an epiphany: while they were helping curb hunger, they weren’t improving the nutritional “food security” of those living in poverty. With that thought, an idea was born.

Our Mission

To help children learn the importance of healthy eating while providing them with an engaging gardening experience

To combat the food insecurity in the North Shore of Chicago.

Our Goals

To increase access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in Highland Park and Highwood, Illinois

To provide children with the tools and information they need to make healthy food choices

To engage students in hands-on gardening activities in order to help them develop a connection to the earth and their food