News From The Field: 
Seed Savers Association Underway

Continuing the success of last year's initial seed saving training, the core group of seven Seed Savers in Tublay, Benguet are in the process of forming an official association to manage, lead and grow these seed saving initiatives. Each core group farmer is inviting one dedicated farmer to join the association (they must have 15 members to start an association in the Philippines). By expanding this group we will double the number of farmers actively saving seeds in the greater Tublay region. These efforts will lead to improved bio-diversity, greater access to locally produced organic seeds, and significant financial savings for farmers as they will no longer need to purchase seeds after each planting. 

During a recent meeting of the Seed Savers they were asked to share what they learned from being a part of the group in 2016.  Organic Farmer Pastor Andrew Bandiwan shared the following: 

"To get good results, one has to be really committed and sure about one's mission and vision. I have been very excited to try out new varieties of seeds. I am excited to welcome more and more people to this program. With the proper guidance and continued training we will all succeed in our seed production."

Help us empower more farmers like Pastor Andrew in 2017. Become a monthly recurring donor to Friends of ENCA Farm and support our monthly education and training programs building food security in the Philippines! 

Upcoming Events

Mountain West Seed Summit
"Honoring Origins and Seeding the Future"
March 2nd - 4th in Santa Fe, NM 

Join our partners at the  The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in partnership with the  Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the  McCune Foundation, presenting a two-day summit and one-day field trip focused on training and inspiring seed producers across the Rocky Mountain region. The Mountain West Seed Summit will include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, lively discussions, seed exchanges, art, music and more. We are honored to be included in this event as our Executive Director, Sherry Manning will be speaking on a panel during the event about cultural and indigenous wisdom in seed saving.

Dine for a Cause
Wednesday, March 8th 
@Patxi's Pizza Uptown 
in Denver 

Join us for our first fundraiser of the new year! Patxi's Pizza proudly sponsors non-profit organizations and for the second year in a row we are included in this group. 10% of all proceeds (non-alcohol) will be donated to us on Wednesday, March 8th. Drop by Patxi's Uptown in Denver for some delicious pizza and more, and support food security, seed saving and climate resiliency in the Philippines. The 10%  donation is good for dine-in, take-out, or delivery! We plan to set aside some tables starting at 5pm. See you there! 

Seed School
April 2nd - April 7th 
@ Denver Botanic Gardens

With nearly 700 graduates around the world, Seed School is a groundbreaking educational course that is helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. This exciting collaboration between the Friends of ENCA Farm and the  Denver Botanic Gardens is a much anticipated partnership of two pioneering, seed-focused organizations. Come experience Seed School amidst the beauty of one of the country's top botanical gardens ... it promises to be an epic, life-changing week. 

Seed School Teacher Training 
October 1st - October 6th
@ The Posner Center for International Development

We are thrilled to be co-hosting Seed School Teacher Training at our beautiful collaborative office space, The Posner Center for International Development. In collaboration with  The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and  Denver Urban Gardens this dynamic training will prepare and empower you to become a seed educator in your community!
The training incorporates permaculture principles, infusing learning strategies with holistic perspectives to support participants' development in their areas of focus. These areas include: farming, backyard gardening, facilitating seed libraries or exchanges, education and advocacy for food or seed issues.  Learn More and Register Here! 

Exciting Grant Awarded to Friends of ENCA Farm and Others at Posner 

We are thrilled to share that we have received another grant from the Posner Center for International Development's International Collaboration Fund. 

Along with five other Posner Tenants:  Hope Shines,   Africa Development Promise,  Edge of SevenThe Women's Bakery, and  Children's Future International we received $10,000 to support our collective and individual grant readiness and grant writing capabilities. The grant will fund two collective trainings and support individualized grant preparation and writing for each organization. 

We are grateful for this support and the ability to collaborate with our fellow tenants doing impactful work around the globe.  Learn about the other projects funded by the Posner Center  here .

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