Welcome to The SEED
Where ideas go to grow.

We believe in the power of community.
We believe in working smart.
We meet people where they are.
We revel in the unfolding of the new and novel.
We believe strongly in the power of education to be transformational.
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What is The SEED?

Turn Your Idea Into Reality

You have the passion and vision. The SEED Innovation Hub provides you with the education, tools, and resources to turn your idea into reality.

The Story of SEED

Conversations for a regional innovation hub for the Farmville area began in 2019. Led by the Longwood Office of Community and Economic Development, stakeholders of various
kinds throughout the region were surveyed to identify gaps and opportunities with
the goal of developing programming and space to support the
entrepreneurial pursuits of K-12 students, college students, and regional communities.

This project is made possible by generous support from the 

US Economic Development Administration, GO Virginia Region 3, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission,  Longwood University, and Hampden Sydney College.



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Computer Labs & Tech

These labs will serve all of your computer needs. Explore available equipment, including:

  • Educational Robotics Invention Kit
  • Mac workstations
  • Makey Makey STEM Pack
  • PC workstations
  • Raspberry Pi and Foundation Kit
  • Tablets to check out
  • VR headsets
  • Augmented Reality
  • Adobe Suite
  • App development software
  • Audacity
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Cura
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Game development software
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Rhino
  • SketchUp
  • Unreal Engine
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Digital Media Space

If you are into creating audio, video, or photography, this is the place for you. Users of this space will have access to the following, by reservation:

  • Camera accessories
  • Camera switcher
  • Digital cameras
  • Green screen
  • Professional control panel
  • Studio lighting
  • Tripods and mounts
  • Wall monitors
  • Audio interface
  • Behringer DX2000USB Pro Mixer
  • Headsets
  • Microphones
  • RODE PSA1 Boom Arm
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Wet & Dry Makerspaces

From paper to product, these spaces offer all the tools you need to cultivate an idea. New to makerspaces? We can help grow your technical knowledge and skills through our educational programs and training manuals.

  • 3-D printers
  • Bandsaw
  • Bench vises
  • Cabinet saw
  • CNC routers
  • Drill press
  • Laser cutter
  • Laser engraving
  • Resin printer
  • Soldering and electronics kits
  • Workbenches
  • Banner printer
  • Heat press
  • Jewelry-making equipment
  • Prototyping supplies
  • Serger
  • Sewing and embroidery machine
  • Vacuum sealer
  • Vinyl cutter
Group Workspaces

Gather your team and get to work in our conference rooms and group meeting spaces.


Learn new skills and connect with experts at workshops and networking events.

Virtual Meeting Rooms

Connect with people around the world with high-quality audio-video equipment in our virtual meeting rooms.


Make connections with like-minded creators and entrepreneurs.

Workshops & Events

Business bootcamps, knowledge shares, networking events and more are held regularly at The SEED.

Classroom Space

Whether you're enhancing your teaching with technology or just need a new space to lecture or facilitate discussion, The SEED offers a variety of classroom space.

The SEED Innovation Hub in the news

Virginia Business Magazine

Farmville SEED hub seeks to grow innovation
January 30, 2023

Luther Cifers launched fishing equipment company YakAttack LLC in 2009 out of his friend’s basement, and he moved to the garage to create prototypes of its gear…

With Good Reason

Podcast: Seeding Innovation
September 9, 2022

Rural communities have faced economic hardship and population decline. The SEED Innovation Hub in Farmville, Virginia will spark rural entrepreneurship and bring innovative ideas to life…

The Farmville Herald

Farmville Innovation Hub expected by year’s end
January 19, 2023

The doors are expected to open on Farmville’s SEED Innovation Hub by year’s end. That’s the latest update given by project officials…

Longwood University

New Innovation Hub to cultivate entrepreneurship, bolster business development in Farmville region
September 9, 2022

In the coming years, these scenes will become typical in Farmville: college students from Longwood, Hampden-Sydney and Southside Virginia Community College sitting alongside business leaders and entrepreneurs…

Hampden-Sydney College

Flemming Center Builds Excitement for Innovation
February 21, 2023

With new resources and instructional opportunities, the future of innovation and entrepreneurship at H-SC is looking bright. Through the Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Hampden-Sydney students…

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SEED Innovation Hub

Midtown Square

116 South Street

Farmville, VA 23901

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