About Us

About the Founder

Shara & GrandsonHello! I am the founder of i heart seeds and the cute little dude next to me is my grandson who just graduated Pre K.

I am a very busy woman and I wear many hats. The time of year often determines which hat I wear the most.

My favorite hats are wife, mother and grandmother. The job I have for income is as a Tax Professional. I'm able to squeeze a year's worth of stress into a few short months. I like working a grueling schedule for a short time and being off work the rest of the year. This works well for me because I'm able to help care for my grandkids when they are off school.

I also do graphic and web design, when I have the time. That's why this site is slowly being built and updated. If you notice lorem ipsum text on any pages I have not been hacked. It is latin filler text to show how a page will look when the actual text is added.

I have a volunteer job as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children). I refer to this job as "My Calling". I absolutely love this job and find it rewarding helping children in need. While it is extremely sad that there is a need for this type of job I am honored to serve children and families in my community in this capacity.

Heather and My GrandchildrenI really enjoy gardening. I have a strawberry patch as well as a vegetable garden. Each year I seem to add more flower beds or another area for fruits or vegetables. This year I added a 25'x10' vegetable garden, a pumpkin patch, a sunflower bed and a section dedicated to squash. These are all things I grew in the past but when I expanded my garden area this year I converted yard area into segments dedicated for specific things my family or I love. My grandson loves pumpkins so I added a pumpkin patch. I really like squash so I added an area just for different types of squash. The large garden area is where I moved all my peas, beans, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, etc. I have a section near my strawberry patch for my pepper plants. My strawberry patch and pepper plant area are what used to be my fruit/vegetable garden area for the past 2-3 years. My favorite flower is a dahlia. The picture to the right is of my daughter and her two precious children (my grandchildren) all of whom I love dearly. They are holding dahlias that I grew last year.

Shara & GranddaughterThis picture to the left is of me and my granddaughter who will be starting third grade in the fall.

About i heart seeds

A year ago I was morbidly obese. I worked with a dietician and my family doctor as well as a specialist and other professionals to lose weight and get healthy.

I'm an emotional eater (or used to be). My dietician asked me to develop two hobbies that had nothing to do with food that I could do anywhere anytime when I felt bored, stressed, angry, etc. I resumed an old hobby and began using my creative artistic skills again. I also developed a new hobby of seed trading.

Seed trading brings me a lot of joy. Trading seeds I do not want for things I don't have or want more of is fun and exciting. I've acquired a rainbow of tomatoes and peppers as well as many other flowers, fruits and vegetables.

My office/plant nursery looks like a hoarders haven which is very different from the rest of my uncluttered home.

After taking up seed trading I joined many groups to learn more. As I learned more I met more people from all over the states and from other countries to share and trade with. While in these groups I also learned that some seed companies will donate free seed packets to different groups.

I'm a strong believer in RAK (random acts of kindness). If you have ever worked on a road crew on a hot day in my area and had a stranger drop off a bag of cold water from the grocery store, that may have been me. If you were out walking in the rain or heat and a stranger picked you up and gave you a ride to where you needed to go, that may have been me. There isn't enough kindness in this world. I spread it wherever I can and seek out opportunities for RAK.

After learning that seed companies sometimes donate to good causes and pairing that with my strong desire to help those who are in need...i heart seeds was born. I applied for incorporation with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and then Non Profit status with the IRS and now here we are. We are a small group of volunteers. None of us get paid. This non profit has actually cost me quite a bit of money but I don't mind. It's not about the cost it's about being kind and the reward of knowing I am helping people in my community who may not otherwise be able to grow their own healthy food.

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