Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World Restoring Indigenous Seed
Seed is a precious heritage and an essential component to the future sustainability of our food. Our ancestors have faithfully passed us this incredible gift of life over countless generations. Join the co-founder of Sierra Seeds and Program Coordinator at the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network, Rowen White, as she takes you on her journey to find her ancestral seeds of her Mohawk lineage. She also describes her unique holistic, indigenous permaculture approach to seed-stewardship, which honors the many layers of seed culture. She provides practical, integrative knowledge that will deepen your understanding of the cycles of life.
During this inspiring session, you'll discover:
- The importance of restoring vibrant agricultural biodiversity to create resilient sustainable food systems in the face of climate change
- A dynamic intersection between cultural restoration and the restoration of indigenous and traditional food & seed systems
- A deeply touching array of stories from North American indigenous communities who are cultivating new seed and food culture as a way to heal & reconnect to the ancestral lands
Rowen White is a Seed Keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. Rowen is the current national project coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island. She teaches and facilitates creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. Rowen is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for Seed Savers Exchange, a prestigious non-profit whose mission is to preserve agricultural biodiversity by saving and sharing heirloom seeds. She is the author of the book, Breeding Organic Vegetables, as well as a forthcoming book on the seeds and foodways of her ancestral Haudenosaunee people. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at the Sierra Seeds website.