Ed Hume Seeds Find Fertile Soil in Africa

    Silverdale, WA – March 22, 2012 – Vegetable seeds from a Puyallup-based company are flourishing in the soil of Africa, thanks to a partnership between Children of the Nations (COTN) and Ed Hume Seeds.  COTN is committed to establishing long-term, sustainable food sources for children in Africa and the Caribbean, as well as teaching the next generation sustainable farming practices and the value of food security.  Ed Hume's seed donations are a significant part of this goal, as quality seeds are difficult and expensive to obtain in much of Africa.  

    The most recent donation, which arrived at COTN's ministry site in the country of Sierra Leone by shipping container in December, contained two pallets of watermelon, cucumber, and corn seeds.  In-country staff members were overjoyed at the arrival of the seeds, as they had been spending much time and money traveling to a nearby town to buy seeds, only to find that they didn't germinate.  "When I heard about the seeds in the containers, it was a great release," says COTN–Sierra Leone Acting Country Director Samuel Ngoneh.  "Imagine how much money we can save now from buying vegetable seeds."  

    The children under COTN's care were also excited to receive the seeds.  Several older boys have been helping out with the first test crop.  "I like to watch the crops grow," says 18-year-old Amidu, who came to live in COTN's Banta Children's Village after he was orphaned as a young child. On February 14, the children brought in their first harvest of twelve dozen cucumbers.  "We were able to provide Valentine cucumbers for our children and some staff members!"  Mr. Ngoneh delightedly reports.

    Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Liberia, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.  

    For more information contact:
    Pam Wright, Senior Director – Advancement
    360-698-7227 / pamwright@cotni.org