This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Network Niche Influencer Agency and Seeds of Change™.
I fell in love with the Seeds of Change® campaign earlier this year during a social media campaign supporting their cause. I hadn't heard of the grant program prior to the campaign and, with living in one of California's most prominent agriculture communities, I wanted to learn more about what I could do to help this gardening and farming program. What I learned was that Seeds of Change® delivers an annual Grant Program that benefits school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States, more than $1 million in grant funding over the past four years. This year, Seeds of Change™ is awarding $310,000 in grants to 24 garden projects around the country and now they need your help in choosing the winning projects. We even have an amazingly delicious grain bowl with wild salmon recipe we're sharing courtesy of Seeds of Change.
About the Seeds of Change® Grant Program
Seeds of Change™ delivers an annual Grant Program that benefits school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States in an effort to encourage Americans to adopt a healthier lifestyle, in part from donating one percent of its net sales to fund the Seeds of Change™ Grant Program.
This year, Seeds of Change™ is awarding $310,000 in grants to 24 garden projects around the country, with two schools and two communities being awarded a total of $110,000 in grants, and an additional 10 schools and 10 communities will be awarded a total of $200,000 in grants. The garden projects stem from a variety of public school and community-based gardening and farming programs that effectively communicate the seed-to-plate story through food, farming, sustainability, or nutrition education
During the lifetime of the Grant Program to date, between 2012 and 2016, the Seeds of Change™ Grant Program has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding contributing to the health of communities through education, and increased healthy food consumption, and estimates that more than 90 tons of produce has been grown by Grant recipients benefitting over 35,000 people across the nation, with many of its grant recipients donating the produce they grow to local food pantries. The Seed2Need program alone donated 70,000 lbs. in 2015, and it's estimated that Seeds of Change™ grant recipients have grown more than 90 tons of produce over the past five years.
This is where we need your help!
The public voting phase began at 12:00 p.m. EST on March 30, 2017, and is in full swing until April 19, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All garden projects submitted for the chance to receive a Grant from Seeds of Change™ are available for viewing in the online gallery at https://seedsofchangegrant.com/. Consumers like you and me can help Seeds of Change™ pick the Top 50 garden projects from which the 24 final grant recipients will be selected by voting for their favorites online. Note: Voting is limited to only once per 24 hours, per entry.
Once voting is complete, the judging phase will take place between April 24, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EST and end when the winners are announced on May 8, 2017.
Seeds of Change® Warm Grain Bowl with Wild Salmon, Almonds, and Salsa Verde
In honor of this year's competition, Seeds of Change® is sharing this healthy and delicious grain bowl with wild salmon recipe. This is a terrific and simple way to make a quick and tasty meal that’s packed with nutrients, natural antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein!
- 1 package of Seeds of Change® Quinoa, Brown & Red rice with Flaxseeds
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup of asparagus, cut into 2” pieces
- ½ cup shitake mushroom caps, sliced (can substitute button mushrooms or other wild mushrooms)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 8 three ounce filets of wild salmon
For the salsa verde
- 1 bunch scallions
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ cup packed cilantro leaves
- ½ cup packed mint leaves
- ½ cup packed basil leaves
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Fresh pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
- In an oven proof pan, season salmon with salt, pepper, and drizzle each filet with olive oil. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the salsa verde in a blender or food processor and pulse until fully incorporated but still rustic and chunky. Set aside.
- Heat the remaining 1TBSP of extra virgin olive oil in a medium sized sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and asparagus and sauté vigorously for 3-5 minutes, then add the Seeds of Change® Quinoa, Brown & Red rice with Flaxseeds and slivered almonds and continue to sauté until heated through, about 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide the grains amongst 8 plates and place 1 piece of salmon on top of each plate then finish with a dollop of salsa verde and enjoy immediately!
Download and print the Seeds of Change® Warm Grain Bowl with Wild Salmon recipe card below. Don't forget to get your vote in to help choose the winning project, and be sure to have family and friends vote too!