SEEDS Community Partners
SEEDs Partners

Community Partners

  • Deans Greens
  • Revolution Landscape
  • Bayside Community Center
  • San Diego Canyonlands
  • Groundwork San Diego
  • Strategic Energy Innovations
  • Energy Coalition
  • Plant with Purpose
  • SD Children & Nature
  • Audubon Society
  • Tecolote Canyon Park Rangers
  • Imperial Valley Food Bank

Government Partners

Overview of selected USDA Agencies

 USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that facilitate efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS identifies and promotes the development of marketing opportunities for the agricultural community by conducting and supporting research and providing information on farmer direct marketing activities. AMS programs promote a strategic marketing perspective that adapts product and marketing practices and technologies to the issues of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

 USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of the USDA. ARS is charged with extending the Nation's scientific knowledge through the administration of its national programs, as well as by conducting research projects in animal and crop production and protection, human nutrition, food safety, bioenergy, the environment, and other topics that affect the American people on a daily basis.

 USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) makes a significant contribution to the value of the Nation’s food supply by protecting U.S. agricultural resources from pests and diseases, managing wildlife damage, regulating genetically engineered organisms, and administering the Animal Welfare Act. APHIS programs integrate plant and animal disease surveillance, epidemiology, emergency response, and information delivery to ensure the marketability of U.S. agricultural products. APHIS also works to resolve and manage trade issues related to animal or plant health.

 USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) ensures the well-being of American agriculture, the environment, and the American public through the administration of farm commodity programs; farm ownership, operating, and emergency loans; conservation and environmental programs; emergency and disaster assistance; and domestic and international food assistance. FSA programs are delivered through an extensive network of field offices in 2,248 USDA County Service Centers and 51 State Offices.

 USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is touching the lives of millions of people every day as the public health agency responsible for ensuring that the Nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. FSIS also manages the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, which provides consumers with answers to their food safety questions.

 U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public lands in 155 national forests and 20 grasslands and is the largest forestry research operation in the world. The Forest Service provides technical and financial assistance to help rural and urban citizens, including private landowners, care for forest, watersheds, and rangelands in their communities.

 USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is the official Federal statistical agency for agriculture. The agency serves U.S. agricultural and rural communities with accurate, timely, and useful statistical products and services that are vital information to monitor the ever-changing agricultural sector and carry out farm policy. Every 5 years NASS conducts the Census of Agriculture, which is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the United States.

 USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps people help the land through scientifically based, locally led voluntary conservation efforts and improve natural resources on private lands. NRCS work results in productive lands and a healthy environment through reduced soil erosion; water and air quality; energy conservation; restored woodlands and wetlands; enhanced fish and wildlife habitat; and reduced upstream flooding.

 USDA-Rural Development (RD) is composed of Rural Business-Cooperative Programs, Rural Housing and Community Facilities Programs, and Rural Utilities Programs. RD offers rural communities a broad array of financial, technical, and educational resources in order to establish and grow rural businesses and cooperatives. RD provides financing for single family homes and multi-family housing developments, and essential community facilities. RD helps to finance the development of electric, telephone, telecommunication, and water and wastewater infrastructures to create affordable utilities.


Highschool Partners

San Diego Unified School District     


San Diego Unified School District elementary school students enrolled under the School Choice program may continue to middle and high schools in that cluster pattern.  Patterns are organized by high school clusters. The Mesa SEEDS Program works with schools that fall within the three clusters below. However, if you are a student, teacher, staff, or administrator at a school outside these clusters, and would like to get involved with the Mesa SEEDS Program, feel free to contact us at (619) 388-2353 to discuss various options.  SEEDS encourages community partnerships, college/university degree attainment, and workforce development in areas relating to environmental sustainability, hunger, and food sustainability. 

Clairemont High Cluster Pattern 

Holmes Elementary (K-5 TRAD)

4902 Mt. Ararat Dr, San Diego 92111 -- (858) 496-8110 -- Principal: Jonathan Saipe -- -- Website

Madison High Cluster Pattern

Sequoia Elementary (K-5 TRAD)

4690 Limerick Ave, San Diego 92117 -- (858) 496-8240 -- Principal: Ryan Kissel -- -- Website

Mission Bay High Cluster Pattern