2pm PST / 3pm AZ: Redefining Seed Sovereignty Across the Philippines – with Sherry Manning and Karen Lee Hizola
Learn about the fascinating landscape of agriculture in the Philippines and the inspiring story of Global Seed Savers and their ongoing work.
3pm PST / 4pm AZ: The Española Healing Foods Oasis: Ancestral Ways of Knowing and Nurturing Beloved Community – with Beata Tsosie-Peña
Get inspired by this amazing initiative led by Beata Tsosie-Peña of Tewa Women United: the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden and Española Healing Foods Seed Library. You’ll learn about honoring the story of place in project design and why community engagement is so important for any project.
4pm PST / 5pm AZ: Live Q&As
Get your seed questions answered LIVE by Bill and Greg.
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Today’s Special Guests:
Karen Lee Hizola & Sherry Manning
Karen is the Executive Director of Global Seed Savers (GSS) Philippines. Karen has been instrumental in the growth of the organization and played a hand in the formation of the Benguet Association of Seed Savers and the Cebu Seed Savers group, and was the driving force behind the adoption of seed saving by some organic and permaculture practitioners. Karen has conducted numerous trainings in many parts of the country on seed saving, introduction to permaculture, seed school teacher training, and leadership.
Karen is an electronics engineer by profession but an environmentalist, artist, permaculture enthusiast and seed advocate by passion. In 2012, she underwent her first Permaculture Design Course under Bert Peeters of the Philippine Permaculture Association. Karen received her certificate in Seed School Teacher Training from the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in Denver, Colorado. She has spoken in many platforms on seed saving and community-led seed libraries. When not doing environmental advocacy work, Karen spends time with her partner, works on her plants, or on her creative pursuits in music and the visual arts, in personal growth and development.
Sherry’s work with Global Seed Savers began when she served as US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 2006-2008. Sherry dedicated her service to helping her host family develop their ancestral land into an organic farming training center, youth environmental education facility, and leading sustainable eco-tourism destination. This critical work continued when she founded Global Seed Savers (GSS), an International NGO committed to building hunger free and healthy communities with access to farmer produced seeds and food. Since 2015, GSS has trained over 5,000 Filipino Farmers in seed saving, established two seed libraries and inspired the creation of two others that are locally led, and is building a movement across the 7,000 islands to restore the traditional practice of saving seeds!
Sherry holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and is a proud graduate of Bill McDorman & Belle Starr’s Seed School and has facilitated multiple Seed Saving courses in the US and the Philippines. When not working for Global Seed Savers she can be found playing in the beautiful Colorado Mountains and enjoying delicious craft beers.