News From the Field: 
Bio-Dynamic Farming Training Attended

GSS and CAFEi farmers and team members at the training. 

Earlier this month GSS Field Staff and farmers attended a three day bio-dynamic farming seminar held in Cebu. Bio-Dynamic Farming was founded by Rudolf Steiner a scientist and respected philosopher. Bio-Dynamic Farming combines science and a more spiritual aspect to farming. It is often incorporated into organic farming practices around the world. 

Benguet Association of Seed Saver farmer and Global Seed Savers Philippines Board Member, Cesar Galvey attended the training and shared these reflections:

"I definitely learned a lot. I learned about the spiritual aspect of farming. The training helped me understand what my parents and grandparents used to believe. Being part of an indigenous community, I remember my father used to tell me when to plant based on the phases of the moon. I now see their wisdom and that we too can incorporate these practices  into our current farming methods."  

Participants enjoying  field lessons during the training. 
The training was also a great networking opportunity for GSS. There were over 30 participants from all over the Philippines including representatives from the dynamic organic farming organization, League of Organic Municipalities and Cities (LOAMC). They partner with Mayor's around the country that are committed to supporting organic and sustainable farming practices. We are excited to explore incorporating our seed saving efforts into their work throughout the Philippines. 
9th Annual Nourish Event 
Filipino Kamayan Brunch 
Saturday, October 26th 
11am-2pm at the Posner Center 

Our most anticipated event of the year,  Nourish, will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 11am-2pm at the Posner Center for International Development.  This year the event will feature a 
Kamayan  style Filipino feast. Kamayan in Tagalog means, "to eat with your hands" and is a dynamic Filipino Food experience. 

Our keynote speaker is Indigenous seed keeper  Rowen White. Also, joining us
from the Philippines, is special guest and newest Global Seed Savers Philippines Board Member,  Jeffrey Sotero.

Join us in celebrating all things Filipino-food, seeds, farmers, and community! 

- Table of 6 for $400 
(tables must register by September 16th)
- Pre-sale single ticket for $75
-At the Door $100

 Interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please email us!
More Exciting Grant Funding Received 

See Beautiful 

We are thrilled to share that we have received an $1,000 grant from See Beautiful, to support our dedicated partner farmers in the Philippines. 

They are a is a philanthropic company with a mission to provide inspiring, ethically-sourced products to create more beautiful in the world. With every purchase, you help fund carefully vetted, sustainable projects of non-profit organizations. Together, we create more beautiful in the world through empowerment, education and strategic giving.

Read our blog post on their site to learn more about how Global Seed Savers See's Beautiful! 

Burners Without Borders

For the third year we are excited to partner with Burners Without Borders, the philanthropic arm of Burning Man to expand our work in the Philippines! 

This year we were one of 19 out of 79 applicants selected for funding. Their generous $750 micro-grant will help us expand our current seed libraries and ensure more communities can withstand the growing impacts of climate change. 
Seeds are Geminating in the Bay Area:
Oakland Event Success!

Last month our Founder and Executive Director traveled to Oakland, CA to co-host an event with our partners from Cebu. Teresa D. Ruelas the Founder and Executive Director of Community Alternatives for Food Eco-Systems Initiatives (CAFEi) our partner NGO was in the area, so we decided to  

It was a packed house at the wonderful venue Soul Provisions, full of like minded souls, eager to learn more about our collective work  building local food and seed sovereignty throughout the Philippines!  Together the crowd helped us  gross over $2,000 to support our dedicated partner farmers. 

Huge shout out to our local champion  Mayo Buenafe-Ze for organizing the venue and delicious Filipino food we all enjoyed during the event. 

We are excited to be building a Bay Area Community committed to this important work. Thank you for investing in the continued success of our dedicated Filipino Farmers! Maraming Salamat!
Global Seed Savers



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