UPDATE: This post remains very popular, but the government link mentioned below has change. To see exactly which items are covered by SNAP benefits (formerly called “food stamps”), please click here. As recently as 5 December 2011, the site indicated that SNAP can be used to purchase “Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.”
Just this morning, Karen Russ (@scgardening) posted a U.S. government link on Twitter regarding the use of food stamps to purchase seeds and trees. According to Russ–who is cross-checking with individual states to be sure, it seems that as long as the food is intended for household consumption, one can use them in this manner. (Disclaimer: To be 100% positive on your state’s rules, double-check with the state office responsible for food stamp distribution.)
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