News From the Field:
Improved Farming Equipment Purchased
Thanks to Typhoon Relief Funds
Earlier this month, the members of the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS) agreed to use the Typhoon Relief Funds (raised last year) to support the purchasing of shared farm equipment and tools.
Four hand tractors are now being shared among the 20 BASS members. The BASS Officers have a system to track equitable use of the tools and we are thrilled to be able to assist farmers with this support. Thank you to our generous donors who helped make this possible!
BASS Farmer Member and Seed School Teacher, Anita Sinkay, shared the following about receiving these tools:
" Thank you Global Seed Savers for a wonderful gift to BASS members...it's really an inspiration to small farmers."
Welcome BASS Farmer Field Coordinator
We are excited to welcome BASS Farmer, Elizabeth Martin, to the Global Seed Savers Team!
Elizabeth will be the new BASS Field Coordinator. In this role she will be responsible for conducting filed visits, monitoring and evaluating BASS Member seed production in the field, and supporting the development of seed sales.
Elizabeth has been an active member of BASS since 2017. She is also a member and organic farming inspector for the LaTrinidad Organic Farming Practitioners Association (LaTop), the region's largest organic farming cooperative.
Last year during Typhoon Makghut, Elizabeth and her family lost their home and farmland due to a devastating landslide. We are excited to be able to help Elizabeth re-build her livelihood through this role and support the expansion and quality of BASS Farmers seed production.