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Seeds in the Middle

The Mission

Inspiring social change through sustainable health.

  • All 800 students and faculty at a public school in New York City grow a variety of plants and produce, including edible gardens inside the classroom
  • 50 staff members in four schools serving low-income, minority communities plagued by obesity
  • 300 children and parents in designated communities now play soccer
  • The Hip2Be Healthy school-run food stand sells nutritious, organic snacks and fresh produce for as little as a quarter to compete with vending machines full of chips, sodas and junk food
Quick Facts

Serving an area of Brooklyn historically burdened by the perils of racial tension and excessive criminal activity, Seeds in the Middle seeks to help the children of Crown Heights develop healthy habits for success in an otherwise challenging environment.

A registered non-profit founded by former New York Daily News investigative reporter Nancie Katz, Seeds in the Middle garnered its roots by addressing serious obesity problems within the community surrounding Public School 221 — located in the heart of one of New York’s most preventable disease-plagued areas.


In practice, Seeds in the Middle aims to educate impoverished Brooklyn families about the importance of engaging in a healthy lifestyle for the good of both their children and the community. By offering an array of specialized programs and activities for children that focus on the core values of health, artistic expression and community, Seeds in the Middle gives underprivileged kids the tools necessary to become successful and productive members of society.

Recent studies by the New York State Department of Education suggest that the healthiest children score up to 30% higher on standardized tests. Named by fourth grade students, Seeds in the Middle is dedicated to the enrichment of today’s youth through an active approach that leads to the development of a healthy body and healthy mind. From implementing formal sports programs in two of Brooklyn’s more troubled public schools, to integrating environmental education into the everyday curriculum — Seeds in the Middle operates by the simple notion that once you change demand, you ultimately change behavior

Let’s fight childhood obesity together.

FoodCorps

School Gardening & Education
FoodCorps

FoodCorps believes that through three core principles: knowledge, engagement, and access, they will be able to curb the obesity epidemic. The FoodCorps program currently has 50 service members across 10 states focusing on the three core areas.

FoodFight

Food Education for Teachers & Teens
FoodFight

FoodFight believes that educating the educators will help reverse childhood obesity. By bringing holistic nutrition education to both student and teacher, healthy choices trickle from the classroom into the lives of the students’ families.

Seeds in the Middle

Fitness & School Gardening
Seeds in the Middle

Serving an area of Brooklyn historically burdened by racial tension and criminal activity, Seeds in the Middle seeks to help the children of Crown Heights develop healthy habits for success in an otherwise challenging environment.