News From the Field: 
Welcome New Staff  Member  Harry Paulino Jr. 

Join us in welcoming our newest team member, Harry Paulino Jr!  Harry will be leading our program expansion in Cebu serving as the Cebu Program Coordinator.  He is excited to be part of  the growing community of Global Seed Savers and help the Philippines be a spring board to the global community. He was first introduced to our work last February during a conference in Baguio City that we participated in. 

Harry holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration from EARIST in Manila. He is a proud Marikeno and married a gorgeous Cebuana in 2015. He has extensive work experience and training in community development projects, leading international teams, and partnering with NGO's internationally and locally. 

His passion for sustainable development work and agriculture grew during his tenure at SEED Project Philippines. While there, Harry lead relief work and rehabilitation response to the survivors of the devastating typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in November 2013 in Leyte. It was an eye opener for him about the importance of food security.  His recent training at ECHO Asia Impact Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand exposed him to the heart of food security and Seed Saving. 

We are thrilled to have Harry's knowledge and expertise on our team and excited to be expanding our model to Cebu. Welcome Harry! 
Support Climate Resilience 
June Crowd-Funding Campaign 
Help us Raise $12,000 in One Month 

Next month we launch our June Crowdfunding Campaign. Our goal is to raise $12,000 during the month of June to support our growing work! 

The Philippines is the fourth most climate-vulnerable nation and Southeast Asia's largest producer of GMO crops with 70% of the country dedicated to agricultural land. Because of this, we believe the work and models being developed in the Philippines are of the utmost importance. We have the paramount ability to impact the agricultural system, relinquish smallholder farmers' dependence on large bio-chemical agricultural companies, and help farmers to prevent further catastrophic damage from our changing climate.

We invite you to join us in June, more details about how to support the campaign coming soon! 

Up-Coming Events

Volunteers Needed
 Saturday, June 1st 
Help us Raise $100 at  303 Cocktail Event

We are teaming up with our wonderful collaborative office space the
Posner Center for International Development to raise funds to support our dedicated farmers. 

All you have to do is sign-up to volunteer at this summer's  303 Cocktail event on Saturday, June 1st.  By volunteering, you're not only making $100 donation to us, but you get to attend the event for free and try a few cocktails and spirits! Sign up here  to choose your volunteer time slot and select Global Seed Savers as the organization you want to receive $100. 

Non-Profit Night 
Wednesday, July 31st 6pm-8pm
Crazy Mountain Brewery (Denver)
471 Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado 80204

Join us on July 31st for Non-Profit Night at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Denver. All proceeds from their delicious  Hookiebobb IPA poured from 4pm-close, will support our dedicated partner farmers in the Philippines. 

RSVP via the Facebook Event Page. We hope to see you for some delicious brews supporting seed and food sovereignty in July! 
Welcome New Board Members 

We are excited to welcome Stacy Armbruster and Michael Beck  to our Board of Directors! Read more about them both below. 

Stacy's passion for working internationally began in 2012 when she lived in Ecuador working with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation and the local community of Tabuga on reforestation and environmental education projects. From there, she moved to southern Belize to serve as a Project Manager with  Ya'axché Conservation Trust , collaborating with indigenous communities, including farmers and women's groups through leadership trainings, capacity building workshops, and providing technical support.  In 2013 she returned to the US and moved to southwest Colorado where she served two years in AmeriCorps as a Garden Program Coordinator, teaching garden-based education and creating local support for school garden programming. 
Most recently, Stacy completed her Masters of Science in Conservation Leadership at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Her thesis focused on looking at women's barriers and opportunities to participation within agricultural programming and market systems development. Stacy is currently a Research Associate at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.  She is excited about her role on the Global Seed Savers Board of Directors and connecting with and learning from farmers and partners in the Philippines.

Michael is 1/4 Filipino his grandmother was born and raised in Jolo, Sulu before moving to the United States. This small bit of heritage drew him to start his company, Venture Coffee Company, which imports coffee from the Philippines to Denver. You might remember tasting this delicious brew at our Annual Nourish Event in the past years. He also created Tribung Kape, Inc. to support the work of Philippine Coffee Farmers which is based in the Davao del Sur, Mindanao the southern region of the Philippines.  Each company's goal is to attain worldwide recognition of the Filipino coffee industry, thereby securing financial, economic, and environmental sustainability for Filipino Coffee Producers. 

Michael holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Houston- Clear Lake where his focus was Environmental Stewardship and Education. He has worked in Houston and Austin, Texas putting this into action by minimizing landfill waste and providing staff with educational resources.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado as both President and Vice President. Michael is excited to share his passion for helping Filipino Farmers gain economic and environmental sustainability by serving on the Global Seed Savers Board of Directors.  
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