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The Seed Program

Seed The Change

Simple yet powerful community giving

September Round-up: The Bay

So far we've raised:

Total to Display - September - The Bay

The Bay is a home for misfits in Lincoln, Neb — a safe place to go, people who care, and something to do. A 501c3 nonprofit, The Bay was founded in 2010 by Mike Smith and on Dec. 31, 2017 became a program of Rabble Mill through a merger with Hear Nebraska. Its programs aim to help young people dream bigger.

The 2022 Nomination Period is OPEN!

September 6th - 30th

  • Nominations will be accepted September 6th – 30th – in-store or online
  • We have 10 slots available (January 2021 – October 2021)
  • Owners will vote on the first 5 non-profits during the Board Election (October)
  • Harvaid will balance out the variety of recipients by selecting the final 5 non-profits in November
  • We will announce the winners via e-news by December

Click Below To Submit Your Nomination

What is the Seed Program?

One way we live out our cooperative values at Open Harvest is through robust community donations. The Seed Program is a new simple yet powerful community giving opportunity that allows customers to “round-up” their grocery bill for local organizations that share a commitment to a healthy community, sustainable food system, and strong local economy.

During a specified month, each organization will be featured and all round-up contributions during that month will be given directly to the recipient organization at the end of each month.

SEED Recipients


Month Organization Amount Raised
January Lincoln Food Fort $1,442.66
February Great Plains Trail Network $1,471.50
March Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center $2,050.27
April Sunday Farmers' Market $1,706.04
May Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society $1,719.45
June Malone Center $2,022.49
July Montessori School for Young Children $1,414.29
August We Can Do It (F St. Rec Center) $2,241.83
September The Bay
October Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach
November TBA
December TBA


Month Organization Amount Raised
March Community Crops $1,986
April Southern Heights Food Forest $1,205
May HarvAid / Wildlife Rescue $713 / $655
June Lincoln Indian Center $2,435
July ShelterMe $1,910
August Friendship Home $2,166
September Mental Health Association $1,557
October Voices of Hope $1,629
November Food Bank of Lincoln $1,858.16
December Bryan Health $1,972.26

2021 SEED Recipients

Open Harvest owners were invited to select five of the ten 2021 SEED
Recipients. The remaining five organizations were selected by our staff Harvaid Committee.

Since March 2020, the SEED Program raised over $12,000+ for local non-profits.

We Can Do This

We Can Do This is a community organization whose mission is to provide weekend meal service to kids at the F Street Recreation Center. We Can Do This is fiscally supported by Mystic Rhoads Productions, an organization that works to provide positive educational opportunities, healthy lifestyles and an appreciation of the natural environment to the communities it serves. 

Learn more at: We Can Do This Facebook page or

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach aims to defeat hunger and homelessness. 

Annually Matt Talbot provides more than 100,000 meals to Lincoln’s working poor and homeless.  Food pantries are also available for those who do not have enough food at home.

Matt Talbot provides beyond basic needs to embolden people to have hope.

Learn more at:

The Bay

The Bay provides a set of empowering communities that provide tangible resources for young adults such as a space to be, immediate help, access to services, job-training and mentoring.

Simply put, young people need three things: somewhere to be, something to do, and someone to look out for them.

Learn more at:

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center seeks to engage people in the site’s natural and cultural resources by focusing on conservation of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and the birds that rely on it.

The 850-acre tallgrass prairie sanctuary offers over three miles of walking trails, native prairie grasslands, wetlands and ponds, wildflowers and grasses, and beautiful scenic vistas.
Learn more at:

Great Plains Trails Network

The Great Plains Trails Network is a group of citizens who advocate and support a network of trails in and around Lancaster County, Nebraska, for jogging, biking, walking and horseback riding. The network seeks the acquisition, development and wide availability of trails.

Learn more at:

Montessori School for Young Children

Montessori School for Young Children promotes and encourages the intellectual, social and physical development of children through education according to the Montessori method: a thoughtfully prepared learning environment, where a child will be eager to learn and is able to initiate the learning process.

Learn more at:

Lincoln Food Fort

Lincoln Food Fort is a non-profit dedicated to serving children in under resourced neighborhoods by providing more than just a meal. We seek to provide respect, love, relationships, and a constant support system in their lives. Feeding, loving and growing our future.

Learn more at:

Sunday Farmers Market at College View

Sunday Farmers Market at College View is committed to sustainably produced food for food security and a strong, healthy community. Providing access to high quality, fresh food produced with integrity by local family farmers and producers, bringing value to the social, environmental, and economic fabric of our community.

Learn more at:

Malone Center

Malone Center aims to create unity and prosperity throughout Lincoln while honoring our African American heritage.

Malone started as a community center in the midst of the civil rights era as a platform for creating racial and socioeconomic equality. 

Learn more at:

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society recognizes that there is a strong relationship between a healthy local agriculture and a strong local food system.

Promotes agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities and quality of life, for present and future generations.

Learn more at:

Nominate your favorite local non-profit to be a 2022 SEED Recipient!