News From the Field: 
 41st Annual UGAT Conference:  An International Conference on Anthropology of Food and Eating 
We are honored to participate in the 41st Annual Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao-UGAT Conference this weekend in Baybay, Leyte in the Philippines. 

We will be screening the award winning documentary SEED: The Untold Story and leading a post film discussion for the audience.  This years UGAT theme is Food (In) Security and we are excited to share our work and expertise in supporting food and seed sovereignty around the Philippines. 

UGAT was organized in 1977 and is the national organization of anthropologists in the Philippines. UGAT is a member of the Philippine Social Science Council and the World Council of Anthropological Associations.
 9th Annual Nourish Celebration a Smashing Success! 

Guests enjoy the Kamayan!
On Saturday, October 26th the Posner Center was buzzing with over 130 Nourish  guests and we grossed over $36,000! Making this our most successful celebration to date!  Guests enjoyed an exciting interactive food experience with a stunning Kamayan Feast prepared by our friends at the Orange Crunch. Kamayan is a Tagalog word that  means to "eat with your hands" and we are so glad people enjoyed this communal and unique celebratory meal! 

Our special guest from the Philippines Jeffrey Sotero, (GSS Philippines Board Member and Municipal Agriculture Officer in Tublay, Benguet) shared a passionate perspective on why seed saving is an essential element of helping his community and country build their own food and seed sovereignty.  Thank you Jeffrey for making the long journey to be with us and for sharing your story and passion for your country and for making our world a better place!

Jeffery (center) pictured with GSS US Board of Directors.

Also, a heartfelt thank our other guest speakers:

Rowen White, (who despite the fires in California) was able to join us virtually and share her perspective as a member of the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and indigenous seed keeper. Rowen's work helping to rematriate seeds to indigenous communities around the United States is inspiring.

And of course, a special shout out to our MC and dear friend  Meta Sarmiento  who infused the event with his inspired hip-hop and spoken word poetry. Thank you for sharing your talents and passion with us all.  Thanks to everyone that made our 9th Annual Nourish Celebration so special! 

View more pictures of the event here . Thanks to Rose Luzon Creative for capturing this wonderful celebration! 
 Grant Funding Received by Rotary District 5450
Supporting Expanding Seed Libraries

We are excited to share that we have received a $6,000 Grant from Rotary District 5450. Spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Mead, Colorado and our grant champion  Dr. Amaranto, a retired Filipino-American Psychiatrist now living in Mead. Dr. Amaranto learned of our work last year and was inspired to support a Colorado based organization working with farmers in his home country. He even conducted a field visit to Tublay, Benguet to meet with the BASS Farmers in January this year. During this visit he witnessed the impact our work is having on farmers and was inspired to continue to help. 

L-R: Jeffrey Sotero GSS Philippines Board Member, Sherry Manning GSS Executive Director, Linda Martin President Rotary Club of Mead, and Dr. Amaranto Grant Champion Rotary Club of Mead present the grant funds to GSS during the Nourish Celebration on 10/26.
Thanks to his leadership the Rotary Club of Mead , Rotary Club of Platteville , and Rotary Club of Longmont (Twin Peaks) are all supporting this exciting funding. The funds will be used to embolden our current seed libraries and help new partners launch seed libraries in their communities.  We are grateful for the generosity of Rotary International and looking forward to launching this collaborative work! 
Welcome New Board Member  Burke Fishburn 

We are thrilled to welcome Burke Fishburn to the Global Seed Savers US Board of Directors.

Burke is the  Executive Director of the  Posner Center for International Development ,  a Denver-based community of almost 200 organizations and individuals working across the spectrum of international development issues in over 100 countries. The Posner Center's mission is to convene, connect, and catalyze the international development community to collaborate for greater impact. 

Global Seed Savers is a proud founding tenant of Posner and thrilled to have Burke's leadership and guidance extend to our Board.  Burke previously led Colorado-based global public health consulting firms, directed the World Health Organization's Tobacco Free Initiative in the Western Pacific Region, and served as a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, as well as a Technical Officer in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Viet Nam. He is a former Navy Lieutenant, and graduate of the Georgetown University Master of Public Policy Program and Villanova University. 
Interview on Lean Green Athlete Podcast
 with Founder and Executive Director, Sherry Manning

Listen to our recent interview on the Lean Green Athlete Podcast. Our Founder and Executive Director Sherry Manning, shares all about our work in the Philippines and the importance of seed saving on a global scale! 

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