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URI expands its program to give away free packets of seeds

December 23, 2018

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island says it’s expanding a program to give away free packets of vegetable, flower and herb seeds.

URI’s master gardener program has worked with Ocean State Job Lot for two decades to give away seeds to local schools, youth groups, community gardens and residents.

About 445,000 seed packets are available in 2019. URI says that’s more than twice what was available last year, so the program has been expanded to allow anyone in the continental United States to order up to 200 packets of seeds if they pay for postage.

Nonprofits can order up to 500 packets. Rhode Island public libraries can order up to 1,000 packets to distribute to patrons. The deadline is Jan. 18.

Job Lot annually donates unsold seeds from the previous year.

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