Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing

Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing

GreenStar proudly supported a recent (May 2022) fundraising event hosted by local organization, Cayuta Sun Farm for The Garden’s Edge, a 501(c)3 that supports food sovereignty and climate resilience with Maya Achi farmers in Guatemala. As part of Seed Travels, a movement centered around cultural exchanges and Amaranth (a nutritious gluten-free grain planted in spring and harvested/cooked in the fall), Cayuta Sun hosted Maya Achi partners as guest speakers to talk about Amaranth and their programs around food, water, and cultural preservation.

GreenStar is able to support these efforts and events with in-kind donations thanks to the support of our members and shoppers. Thank you and please enjoy these photos provided by the event organizers.

Iroquois White Corn Project

Iroquois White Corn Project

Seed Travels or Semillas Viajeras is a movement that began about 15 years ago when groups of Guatemalan farmers, traditional healers, and spiritual guides began traveling across borders to share the story of the ancient Amaranth seed. Each year they visit community gardens and indigenous communities in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Iroquois White Corn Project

Iroquois White Corn Project

In the spring they come prepared to plant Amaranth in community gardens and to share their stories of resilience. In the fall they return to the same communities to teach people how to harvest the seeds and together we share stories and build community while cleaning the seeds. They also do a seed popping demonstration and show people how to cook with Amaranth.

Cayuta Sun Farm

Cayuta Sun Farm

It’s a very celebratory gathering that allows people to strengthen their connections to the land, to seeds, to the food traditions of their people, and to one another.

Cayuta Sun Farm

Cayuta Sun Farm

If you’d like to learn more, visit The Garden’s Edge.