In 2010, over 80 people from around southeastern Arizona gathered in Dragoon, AZ to discuss the history and future of the local food system. After two days of building relationships and planning strategy, the network of Somos la Semilla was born.
Taurus and Tarenta Baldeschi, from Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village in Tumacacori, AZ, and Susan Kunz, from the Mariposa Community Health Center, are core members of the Somos las Semillas network.
Jaime de Zubeldia, of ReZONation Farm, gives a tour of the Las Milpitas de Cottonwood community farm managed by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Leaders and farmers from Project Oidag, a program of Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA), in Sells, AZ, are teaching traditional farming and leadership skills to O'odham youth. Project Oidag is a youth-initiated multi-site community gardening project that promotes leadership, healthy foods, gardening and culture.
At Douglas/Prieta Trabajan (DPT), in Agua Prieta, Mexico, Jose Ramirez and community members are building a community farm using permaculture and traditional methods. DPT works closely with communities on both side of the US/Mexico border and is one of the founding members of Somos la Semilla.
Nils Urman, of Nogales Community Development, gives a tour of the border neighborhoods in Nogales, AZ.
Cesar Lopez, one of the co-founders of Tierra y Libertad (TYLO), outside of the TYLO centro in Tucson, AZ. TYLO, one of the original Somos la Semilla members, is committed to building community and urban green living spaces in the southside barrio of Tucson.
Tarentae Baldeshi, of Avalon Organic Garden and EcoVillage, one of the co-founders of the Somos la Semilla network.
Aaron Cardona (Arevalos Farm), Kelly Watters (Somos la Semilla coordinator), and Jose Ramirez (Dougla/Prieta Trabajan) attending a Somos la Semilla retreat in Patagonia, AZ.
Documentation of collective action planning at the Healthy Food/Healthy Future gathering in Dragoon, AZ, Feburary 2010.
Somos La Semilla is a network of grassroots groups, organizations, funders, farmers, activists, educators, backyard gardeners, seed savers, and community health clinics in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands working together to grow our future though healthy “fooding” systems. Our aim is to reach out to people who are interested in being part of emerging, alternative fooding systems, empower organizations at the individual level, share our resources and skills, forge local inter-dependency, and discover new possibilities for sustainable agricultural practices.
We believe in:
cross-border cooperation and ideas;
responsible consumption empowerment;
real agricultural education, seed-to-seed teaching from soil, seed, person, community;
creating local abundance- fresh food for all;
leading by example;
building a collaborative network of farmers and community;
conservation- care for and sustain the environment