News From the Field: 
Successful Five Day Training Held 
in Lambunao, Panay Island with Champion Farmers

Last month we held our seventh training of the year with new partners in Lambunao, Panay Island. 

The Municipality of Lambunao is located in the mountains outside of Iloilo City and they host a dynamic program called Champion Farmers. A key element to their sustainable organic farming education program is seed saving. So when they learned of our work, they reached out, and we are thrilled to have spent a full week with 50 plus dedicated farmers teaching seed saving, permaculture design, and more! 

" Thank you so much for teaching us about seed saving. This training has added to our knowledge and really helped us as farmers. The knowledge we now have will lead to impactful change at our farms. We will miss you and hope you and come back and teach us more."  - Tay Pops (Father Pops, Champion Farmer) 
June Campaign Update
Help Us Reach Our Increased Goal

Thanks to 74 generous donors we have raised over $12,400 towards our new $13,000 goal! Help us get there in the coming days and support our resilient partner farmers like Farmer Elizabeth Martin.  

Watch the video below sharing Elizabeth's story of resilience! 

Reflections from Emily Gould 
Our Wonderful Intern the Last 8 Months

Interning at Global Seed Savers (GSS) has been an incredible,  eye-opening experience. I feel very lucky to have been immersed in the workings of a small but mighty international non-profit. I chose this organization because I felt it aligned with my interests in the intersection of human and environmental health, as well as sustainable development. What I didn't know is just how much I would learn from the guidance and support of all the people involved.

The first month or so of my internship was relatively chaotic. Global Seed Savers has its largest event in October, so it was all-hands on deck in preparation for the upcoming event. I actually really love those types of working environments that rely on teamwork and cooperation - everyone working toward the same goal and investing in collective tasks to make it happen. It reminds me of being on staff at a small summer camp where as a counselor, you still helped with camp clean-up and maintenance. I think it's really special to have the opportunity to see all sides of operations because they are all important!
One of the highlights of this internship was the opportunity to meet Karen our Philippines Country Director. I am  very fortunate that she was visiting Denver to speak at the Nourish Event and that I got to learn about Global Seed Savers from someone who is active in the field. That was something that was  important to me as I thought about the implications of working with an international nonprofit. I was hopeful that I would get to interact with the leaders and farmers that we get to work with, so meeting Karen early on in my internship helped it get off to a great start! She has been very kind, helpful, and supportive.

At some point pretty early on, I mentioned to Sherry that I was interested in learning more about program monitoring and evaluation (M&E). I honestly don't remember how that came up, but it ended up being a major highlight of my internship! Sherry really went above and beyond to ensure that I got the experience I wanted, and I got to invest my interests in something that would also benefit GSS. I had an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from Julie, an M&E expert also based at the Posner Center. She provided an abundance of educational materials and expertise that was relative to our M&E goals. And, we simply had fun working on the tool development!

Overall, one of the big takeaways for me was beginning to think about the "so what" of the work GSS does. I've thought a lot about how to effectively communicate how seed saving, food sovereignty, and climate resilience are important not only in the Philippines, but also across the globe and for us here in the U.S. This comes from effective M&E, asking good questions, and having established relationships, and this is modeled well at GSS. GSS has shown me first-hand what community-based solutions look like, and I am excited to take what I've learned moving forward! 
Up-Coming Events

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. 

Our friends from Orange Crunch will also have their food truck outside from 5-8pm serving up some delicious Filipino Food for you to enjoy while you drink! 

RSVP via the Facebook Event Page or just show up . We hope to see you for some delicious brews supporting seed and food sovereignty next month!

Seed School with a Teacher Training Twist
October 20th-October 25th
at the Posner Center for International Development

We are excited to host another Seed School with our domestic partners at the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance this fall.  This dynamic weeklong course will launch you on your seed saving journey and empower you to become a seed educator in your community.

To learn more and register please visit the   RMSA website.

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