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Community Forest
McIntosh SEED partnered with The Conservation Fund to acquire 1,148 acres of land in Long County, creating the state’s first Community Forest.
Voter Engagement
McIntosh SEED partnered with the local chapter of the NAACP, Leaders of Faith-Based Organizations, the Ministerial Alliance, and community leaders to implement voter engagement strategies.
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Sustainable Forest & Land Retention
McIntosh SEED, based in Darien, has received a grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to implement the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SFLR) program.
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Pathway 2 Philanthropy
To bridge the gap between income volatility and philanthropy, Southern Partners Fund, with funding from the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, embarked upon a pilot project to increase the philanthropic giving, by donors of color, through the use of crowdfunding and other social media platforms.

McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (S.E.E.D.)

For over 20 years, McIntosh S.E.E.D. continues to operate on the values established at its first community gathering.  Decision making starts at the community level with a reliance on principles of inclusion and equality.  The organization continues to work across the artificially constructed lines of race and class, continually supporting empowerment and confidence building among oppressed populations.

John K. Littles

Executive Director, McIntosh S.E.E.D.

McIntosh S.E.E.D. Impact

McIntosh S.E.E.D. is a community model, serving and supporting its region that reflect the experience of people in the communities of the South. Promoting self-determination is highly valued in the organization’s decision-making process to involve those affected by the issues at hand in community based problem-solving.

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Other Programmatic Work

Preview some of the other Programmatic areas McIntosh  S.E.E.D. are involved in and their latest activities.


Rural Community Investment Partnership: Collaborating with the local government to improve community housing, parks, and sidewalks.

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Developing Local
Food Systems

The goal of the food systems program is to increase access to locally grown produce for residents living in marginalized communities and/or food deserts.

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“Heirs Property” is real property that has passed down to descendants, or heirs, without the benefit of a will or probate.

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Value Chain

A network of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and collaborating players who work together to satisfy market demand for specific products or services

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Heritage and
Cultural Tourism

The Heritage and Cultural Tourism program weaves together the stories, songs, crafts and culture of African Americans, Native Americans and European American and how they influenced one another. The program honors the history of the Gullah-Geechee ancestors.

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Policy and

McIntosh S.E.E.D. is committed to advocating for social, economic and environmental justice on behalf of marginalized communities in the south.

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Summer Trips and
Youth Programs

Summer Trips and Youth Programs Summer were designed to expose youth living in marginalized communities to enriching experiences that are both cultural and educational.

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Transforming Lives