In surprising news, Seeds Community Café has closed, effective Friday, August 4. A press release, dated August 7 explained that the Seeds board decided to close the four-year-old business after they found the pay-what-you-can charitable eatery and catering business was “not financially sustainable in part due to past financial decisions coupled with lack of donations and customer traffic.”
Given a little context, there’s a lot to unpack in that sentence. Earlier this year, Seeds founder Lyn Harwell stepped down from his position as executive director. Shortly after, claims of financial mismanagement surfaced from Seeds’ leadership. Internal documents released by the board suggest serious financial mismanagement by Harwell.
To briefly recap, for six months Harwell did not pay employees, vendors or taxes. Further, the documents show show he failed to ensure that Seeds had the necessary insurance coverage. Board members…
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