We’re all in this together | A message from our executive directors

March 23, 2020

We are all connected and compassion is our collective project. Together, we will get through this.

We hope you and your community are doing as well as can be expected in these unprecedented moments. As we all make our best efforts to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, our virtual communities feel more important than ever.

Seventy-five years ago, SeedChange (then USC Canada) was born out of deep compassion for people rebuilding their lives after unthinkable events. This compassion needs to guide us all now. 

Today, we practice compassion for others by staying home as much as possible. The guidance if we must go out is to be brief, do our very best to stay two metres away from others, clean our hands thoroughly before and after touching shared surfaces, and not to touch our faces.

How people have responded so far shows incredible concern for the most vulnerable – reaching out to neighbours, donating, volunteering, mobilizing others, and call those who live alone.

Please don’t forget to be compassionate with yourself! 

Growing food is a healthy and useful activity that remains safe and good for mental health during this challenging time. With Seedy Saturdays cancelled across the country, seed farmers risk losing a large chunk of their yearly sales. But you can still get great seeds and support their businesses by ordering online.

Visit the seed finder we developed with Seeds of Diversity Canada to find a seed farmer in your area.

The SeedChange team is working from home, and focusing on the safety and wellbeing of the farmers you support. In the coming weeks, we’ll let you know how our global community is coping with COVID-19. 

This will not be easy for anyone. Thankfully, we are not alone.

We are all connected and compassion is our collective project. Together, we will get through this.

Sending you our very best wishes for good health.

Jane Rabinowicz and Martin Settle
SeedChange executive directors