Investing in the Future of Horticulture
Sakata Seed America is delighted to pledge a contribution of $50,000 over the next two years to the Seed Your Future organization through the company’s Corporate Giving program. Sakata joins a coalition of more than 150 partners to support the Seed Your Future non-profit, including horticulture companies, gardening organizations, nonprofit organizations and universities, as a Roots of the Future level supporter.
“The Seed Your Future cause is an exciting movement for the future of the horticulture industry in creating a favorable perception of viable and diverse horticulture careers available. With a large portion of horticulture’s jobs unfilled, inspiring and raising awareness with youth, parents and teachers to green collar career opportunities will help feed our industry’s future,” states Jamie Kitz, Key Account Manager for Sakata and Seed Your Future Advisory Council Member.
In addition to a monetary pledge, Sakata has contributed to Seed Your Future’s first initiative, BLOOM!, via seed donations from the company’s vegetable and ornamental sectors. The BLOOM! initiative allows schools to easily integrate plants into their curriculum through books, activities and other learning materials focused around horticulture.
Susan Yoder, Executive Director of Seed Your Future is excited to have Sakata on board. “We are honored to have Sakata expand their already generous support of the Seed Your Future movement. Not only are they putting their philanthropic dollars behind this critical issue, they also volunteer their time and donate their products to promote horticulture and inspire more people to pursue green collar careers.”
Sakata supports the movement in an array of other outlets, such as education via the company’s social media reach, tradeshow booth and display support at events such as California Spring Trials and Cultivate and Sakata personnel support; Sakata team members serve on both the Advisory Council for the program, as well as the Research Development and Marketing Committee.