About Us

“Seed of Life is committed to helping our community by providing farm fresh produce to families in need. It is our mission to make sure that all families in need are able to eat healthy no matter their circumstance.” — Michael Dickson

Farmer Mike

Michael Dickson grew up struggling to find food and understands how much impact it has on the lives of a family. His firsthand knowledge of hunger led him to found Seed of Life, a nursery dedicated to supplying plants to impoverished neighborhoods, schools, and families in dire circumstances.

Michael was raised, along with seven other children, by his grandparents. His grandfather loved to garden and passed that love on to Micheal, teaching him the science behind how and why things grow. His grandparents fed the family from their garden and the chickens they kept. It made an impression on Michael: you don’t have to go hungry; you can grow food.



Today, Michael and his own family are passing that legacy on to a new generation of families so they, too, can live with hope instead of hunger. In 2013 Michael created the Seed of Life CSA program, to bring healthy, organic foods to those same families in the local Frederick area. In 2015, Michael received the Hometown Hero award from Geico for his devotion to helping the community.

The distribution of fresh produce (rather than just non-perishables) is one of the things that makes what Seed of Life does so special. Distributing fresh produce adds complexity to Seed of Life’s operations, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Fresh food is central to their mission.

200,000 pounds

of food to families in Frederick county at no cost to them

500 households

provided with food each month in Frederick county


plants provided for re-beautification projects in Frederick county