News From the Field: 
Replenishing Seeds, Restoring Resiliency 

Phillip Family Farmers pick-up seeds. After their family farm was destroyed during Typhoon Mangkhut.
Typhoon Mangkhut hammered the Northern Philippines in September, causing over $800 million in total damages throughout the region.  All of our partner farmers at the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS) experienced massive crop loss and structural damages. 

Despite these impacts, we are very pleased to share the news that all of the seeds in our Seed Library remained in tact! Two weeks ago all the BASS Members were able to checkout seeds to help them as they begin the long journey to re-build their farms. 

This is a real world example of the importance of communities having access to seed libraries and locally adapted seeds. Each of the seed distributed have already been grown in the Philippines, so we know they are adapted to the local climate.  Access to a seed library has enabled the BASS members to quickly re-plant quality seeds they know will work on their farms rather than having to purchase expensive, chemically treated seeds.

While the impacts of climate change in the Philippines (tied for 4th as the most climate vulnerable nation) are only getting stronger, seed libraries are a huge step towards building resiliency and ensuring communities can adapt in the face of frequent typhoons. 

8th Annual Nourish Event: 
A Heartfelt Day Celebrating All Things Filipino and Seeds 

On Saturday, October 20th the Posner Center was packed to the brim with over 140  guests to enjoy our 8th Annual Nourish Event.  All who attended celebrated a powerful day that honored seeds, our growing community, and most importantly, the hard work and dedication of our small-holder farmer partners as we work together to increase food and climate security.

L-R: Karen Philippines Country Manager and Sherry Executive Director during Nourish.
Karen Lee Hizola, our dynamic Philippines Country Manager, shared a heartfelt
keynote that painted a vivid picture of the Filipino struggle and why seed saving is at the core of ensuring families stay together. Her passion for our work rang through and she received a well deserved standing ovation after her keynote address.  Thank you Karen 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!

Also, a heartfelt thanks to our other guest speakers:

Meta Sarimenito performing during Nourish. 
Bill McDorman, the Founder and Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance . We are humbled to be partners in this critical work and are so grateful for our continued collaborations and your ongoing mentorship.

Meta Sarimenito brought down the house with his hip-hop and spoken word poetry describing his journey as a Filipino growing up in Guam. Thank you for sharing your talents and passion with us all!

As always guests enjoyed delicious Filipino Cuisine by the Orange Crunch Food Truck and Catering, Filipino Coffee from our friends at Venture Coffee Company and an exciting silent auction. This years Nourish was our most successful to date grossing over $22,000 to support our growing impact. 

Thanks to everyone that helped make this event such a success!! 
You can view more pictures from the event on our Facebook Page
Welcome New Intern: Emily Gould
GSSW MSW Candidate University of Denver 

Join us in welcoming Emily Gould to our team. Emily is in her Concentration year at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Her concentration is in Sustainable Development and Global Practice, which emphasizes the interrelatedness of human health and environmental health.

She is excited to learn about sustainable international non-profit management through supporting various operations at  Global Seed Savers, including the development of monitoring and evaluation tools. In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing spikeball, eating ice cream, hiking, and watching Jimmy Fallon lip sync battle videos. She will be interning with us throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. Welcome Emily!
2017 Annual Report 

We are excited to share our 2017 Annual Report which showcases our successes last year.

In 2017,  we doubled our program impact and opened our first seed library. For the third year in a row, our organizational revenues more than doubled, which enabled the programatic and staffing growth that we describe in the report. 

Thanks to the graphic design talents of our Philippine Country Manager 
Karen Lee Hizola, this is our most beautiful Annual Report to date. 

Click Here  to read and download the full report. 

Save The Date for #Giving Tuesday
This November 27th 

#GivingTuesday  is an international day of Giving and we are proud to be a participating organization. 

Mark your calendars and on November 27th visit our website and make a contribution to support our dedicated farmers building a more food and climate secure world!
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