MWSS 2019 Presenters

Sebastian.AguilarSebastian Aguilar

Sebastian Aguilar owns and operates Chickadee Farm in Talent, Oregon with his wife Kelly Gelino where they grow organic specialty crop seed for leading national retailers. He is also board president for the Organic Seed Alliance and works part time for Oregon State University Extension and the Organic Farm School.


sefraSefra Alexandra

Sefra Alexandra, The Seed Huntress, is an ethnobotanical explorer on a perennial expedition to safeguard the biodiversity of our farms & forests. She has worked in Haiti, Puerto Rico & the British Virgin Islands after natural disasters to establish local seeds banks that preserve landrace varieties. As a Genebank Impacts Fellow for The Global Crop Diversity Trust, she has spent the past three months in the South Pacific, studying taro and the vital role the seedbank CePaCT (Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees) played in overcoming the Taro Leaf Blight.


stevejackieJackee and Steve Alston

Master Gardener and manager at the Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library, Jackee holds degrees in Wildlife and Wildland Ecology. Her current ventures are building a discovery center in Flagstaff, Arizona, writing children’s books, and growing food in Flagstaff and Cornville, AZ.

Dr. Steve Alston, a self-proclaimed mad scientist, works by day as a Product Specialist at W.L. Gore and Associates in Flagstaff, AZ. After hours he puts his skills to use in the garden and kitchen, cultivating unusual plants and baking Old World breads with wild yeasts and ancient grains.


emilyEmily Arasim

Emily Arasim is a young farmer and seed steward from Tesuque, New Mexico, dedicated to learning from and working with elders, community mentors, and fellow young people for the protection of New Mexico’s traditional seeds. She has served as a farm apprentice with the New Mexico Acequia Association, is a youth representative for Communities for Clean Water and a Spiritual Ecology Fellow, and previously worked for five years with the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.


tianaTiana Baca

Tiana Baca is young farmer and educator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tiana has worked on several agricultural projects across New Mexico, exploring the potential for growing food in arid landscapes. She is the director of the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden and the founder of the Tierra Luna Seed Collaborative.



brettBrett Bakker

Brett Bakker grows and collects seed for Cuatro Puertas/Arid Crop Seed Cache. A founding board member of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, he has worked at Native Seeds/SEARCH, Talavaya Seeds, and San Juan Pueblo Seed Project at Okay Owingeh. Brett has also consulted with High Desert Research Farm at Ghost Ranch.



emigdioEmigdio Ballón

Emigdio is Quechua, from Bolivia, a descendent of the Inca people. He is an expert in high altitude crops including quinoa, kaniwa, amaranth, and potatoes. He is the agricultural director of the Pueblo of Tesuque and board president of Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute.



reynahReyna Banteah

Reyna Banteah is from the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico. She started a farm business in 2018, called Ts’uyya Farm, which means hummingbird. She is focusing on using sustainable farming methods and saving native seeds. Her goal is to create thriving, self-sustaining agricultural communities in Albuquerque and among Native communities.



krisKris Barney

Kris Barney is a Diné (Navajo) farmer, rancher and writer from Rough Rock, Arizona in the Navajo Nation. He has worked and traveled to raise awareness to human rights and land rights issues of his Diné People and other Native Peoples. His work involves growing food, caring for his livestock, and caring for the land herself. He is the director of a small independent seed company and farm, Tsé Chí'zhí Farm and Seeds.




 Gregg Batt

Gregg Batt is a husband, father of five, a beekeeping and chicken-raising gardener, and public school visual arts educator and artist. He is also co-founder of Ogden Seed Exchange in Ogden, Utah.




natalieNatalie Benally

Natalie Benally is a Dine, Zuni, Ute and Mexican woman who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater-Performing and Directing from Fort Lewis College. She has been performing dance and theater for the last 10 years. She studied at the Dancing Earth Summer Institute and joined the company for touring of US and Norway. Natalie also works as the Indigenous Programs Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Girls Incorporated of Santa Fe, which provides holistic programming for girls ages 5 to 18 years old to empower them to be strong, smart and bold.


jillianJillian Bishop

Jill Bishop believes seed security is key to food security. She works to build stronger local seed saving networks, teach seed saving skills, and inspire the confidence in others to get growing and saving heirloom seeds. She happily grows locally adapted seed on her urban seed farm in Ontario, Canada.



claytonClayton Brascoupe

Clayton is a Mohawk/Anishnabeg and lifelong gardener and farmer. Clayton has worked with Akwesasne, at the time the largest native newspaper with international distribution. He is currently farming at Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico. He is also program director of the Traditional Native American Farmers Association (TNAFA), a nonprofit inter-tribal association of Native farmers, gardeners, educators, and health professionals. Clayton develops educational programs to engage Native youth, women, current farmers, and those who wish to learn.




ronRon Boyd

Ron Boyd and his wife Deborah run Mer-Girl Gardens in La Villita, New Mexico—a small farm of six acres producing “beyond certified organic” fruit and seed crops. He focuses on small farm tool innovation and minimal fossil fuel dependency. Ron has a particular interest in growing crops traditional to this bioregion and educating others in skills for on-farm application, preservation, and preparation.





 John Caccia

Born and raised in Idaho, John graduated from Idaho State University in 1972. He holds a Permaculture Design certification and is a graduate of the first Seed School in 2010. John is a self-employed silversmith and part time river guide, an avid gardener and seed saver, amature beekeeper, founder/manager of Wood River Seed Library, and a board member and co-founder of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.



dancingearthDancing Earth

Dancing Earth supports Indigenous dance and related arts, to encourage and revitalize awareness of bio-cultural diversity through artistic expression for the education and wellness of all peoples. Centered in Indigenous ecological knowledge, their current production, SEEDS : RE GENERATION, evolves from Dancing Earth’s intertribal artists in exchanges with Native elders, farmers, foragers, seed savers, and food and water justice groups, in visioning sessions and movement workshops that root restoring/restory-ing of land and people with the core theme of resilient adaptability.


sylviaSylvia Rains Dennis

A lifelong resident of the southern Rocky Mountains, Sylvia Rains Dennis teaches botany, ecology, and restoration, as well as working on many biodiversity projects. She dedicates her work to the sustainability of our natural landscapes in the context of land-based people, celebrating the resilience and beauty of the natural world. Learn more about her work at



charlesCharles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, and Climate: A New Story. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently lives in Rhode Island and writes and speaks full-time.


benjaBenjamin Fahrer

Benjamin is owner of Cornerstone Farms, LLC, and Top Leaf Farms, a licensed contracting company that designs, builds, and operates urban farms with a focus on innovative rooftop farming and seed production. He has a degree in Ecological Design and is a registered Permaculture Research Institute/TAGARI instructor, leading courses and workshops worldwide.



rickRick Ferchaud

Rick Ferchaud helps out at SeedBroadcast from time to time. Rick is a grower of several varieties of southwestern type flint and flour corn in Velarde, New Mexico. He also grows multiple varieties of beans and wheat, as well as amaranth and miscellaneous vegetables.




lexiLexi Fickenscher

Lexi is the Farm Manager at the Montessori School of Denver (MSD), a graduate of the RMSA Seed School Teacher Training, and a Colorado Master Gardener. She teaches Urban Farming to middle school students on topics ranging from saving seeds to growing food hydroponically to selling seedlings and produce grown on campus by the students. She also runs a Seed Library at MSD.




Flordemayo was born in the highlands of Nicaguara under the sign for the seed in Mayan astrology. In 2012 she had a vision that inspired her to develop the Seed Temple in Estancia, New Mexico with the nonprofit organization The Path. Flordemayo is one of the founding members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.



loisLois Ellen Frank

Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. (Kiowa) is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based Native American Chef, a Native foods historian, culinary anthropologist, educator, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, photographer and organic gardener. She is the chef/owner of Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC, a Native American catering company specializing in using Ancestral Native American ingredients all with a modern twist.




donneDonne Gonzales

Donne is a 24-year old resident of Chamisal, New Mexico. She speaks proudly of how rich she truly is to have sacred land, water, and native seeds. Her family has always maintained summer gardens, small livestock and this has developed a great respect and love for traditional gardening.




emersonEmerson and Beverly Gorman

Emerson and Beverly Gorman are the founders of the non-profit Preserve the Tradition Youth Camp and have been deeply immersed in Navajo tradition their entire lives, raising their eight children in a traditional manner. Their teachings include our sacred relationship to plants, including foods, medicines, and ceremonial applications.



Jeanette.Hart.MannJeanette Hart-Mann

Jeanette Hart-Mann is co-founder and collective cohort of SeedBroadcast, a creative community engagement project focused on seeds and agri-Culture. She is also a farmer, artist, and faculty member at the University of New Mexico where she directs and teaches the Land Arts of the American West Program.



 alessandraAlessandra Haines

Alessandra Haines is a grain enthusiast and backyard food producer. She has been working with the Los Luceros grain group planting trial plots to gather information on potential suitable crops for Northern New Mexico. She is a board member of the educational non-profit Homegrown New Mexico which offers classes on growing, processing and cooking with local and homegrown foods.



Lee-Ann Hill

Lee-Ann is the Program Coordinator for Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and has Laughing Wolf Farm in Southwest Colorado where she focuses on heritage grains, seeds, and traditional and historical food crops of the Four Corners Region. She delights in working with seeds and seed stewards, and believes in the unifying power of seeds.



kauthPhilip Kauth, Ph.D.

Philip is the Director of Preservation at Seed Savers Exchange tasked with maintaining the vast collection of over 25,000 open-pollinated varieties. He joined Seed Savers Exchange in 2013 after attending graduate school in Florida.



andrewAndrew Kimbrell

Andrew Kimbrell is an internationally recognized public interest attorney, public speaker, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of Center for Food Safety. He also is Director of the San Francisco based Center for Technology Assessment, co-founder of Foundation Earth, and President of the Board of Humane Farm Animal Care (that administers the Certified Humane label).


laurieLaurie Lange

Laurie Lange runs Light Green Thumb, an open-pollinated seed listing for plants of all kinds trialled in New Mexico for arid conditions. Her work with plants has included a stint in the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian and illustrations for the Flora of North America.




lofthouseJoseph Lofthouse

Joseph is a sustenance market farmer and landrace seed developer from Utah. He grows seed for approximately 95 species. Joseph is enamored with landrace growing and is working to convert every species that he grows into adaptive landraces. He writes the Landrace Gardening Blog for Mother Earth News.



debDeborah Madison

Deborah Madison was the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco and is the author of 14 books and countless articles on food and farming. A New Mexico resident for 30 years, she lives in Galisteo where she writes and gardens.




sherrySherry Manning

Sherry Manning is the Founder and Executive Director of Global Seed Savers (GSS), an international non-profit organization committed to building hunger-free and healthy communities with access to sustainable farmer produced food and seeds. GSS's work is currently focused in the Philippines, which is the fourth most climate vulnerable nation in the world.




 Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman is a seed saver, writer, and educator based in Cornville, Arizona. He is co-founder of The Down Home Project, Garden City Seeds, Seeds Trust, High Altitude Gardens, the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, Seed School and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. He is author of the book Basic Seed Saving. Bill is the former executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH.



sarahSarah Montgomery

Sarah Montgomery is co-founder of The Garden's Edge. In 2003, she collaborated with farmers in Guatemala to start the Qachuu Aloom Association, which is dedicated to preserving traditional seeds and cultural practices of the Maya Achi. Through collaboration between Qachuu Aloom and The Garden’s Edge, she continues to help save and share seeds with partner gardens in California, Arizona and New Mexico.



 Rich Murphy

Richard Murphy is the Executive Director for Veterans to Farmers (VTF). VTF is a Colorado based non-profit that provides military veterans the opportunity to connect with agricultural training. Richard has helped teach and mentor around 140 veterans over the last 5 years through the veteran program. It is his hope that some of these veterans will be America's next farmers. When Richard is not talking about or playing with plants, he likes to spend time with his family and dog on their 35-acre homestead in Ft. Collins, CO.


mushitaAndrew Mushita

Andrew Mushita, Director, Community Technology Development Organization (CTDO), Zimbabwe. An agronomist, he founded CTDO in 1993 to support networks of smallholder farmers, who organize community seed banks and participatory plant breeding across Southern Africa. He often serves as a resource expert in international fora, working to advance farmers’ rights and food sovereignty.



mushongaJoseph Mushonga

Joseph Mushonga, Deputy Director, Community Technology Development Organization, Zimbabwe. With a PhD in plant breeding (Purdue and University of Zimbabwe), he worked for two decades in government agricultural research. Specializing in small grains research (sorghum, millet), he has bred new varieties, now preferred by farmers.


rebeccaRebecca Newburn

Rebecca Newburn is the co-founder of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library ( The “create a library” template she designed has helped hundreds of seed libraries launch around the world. She was a partner on the National Save Seed Sharing Campaign. She is the editor of Cool Beans! Seed Libraries Newsletter and creator of


Reiley.NeyReiley Ney

Reiley began working for Snake River Seed Cooperative in Boise, Idaho as a seed packer in 2015. Over time, her job duties have expanded to include many more tasks, including inventory manager thanks to her love for spreadsheets. She also grows seed crops for the co-op during the summer.


caseyCasey O'Leary

Casey O'Leary is a seed freak and founder of the Snake River Seed Co-op, a bioregional seed company based in Boise, Idaho. She grows fresh vegetables and seeds on her urban Earthly Delights Farm in Boise, and relishes finding odd & unique ways to engage the public with the wildly interconnected natural world.



RubenOlguin bioRuben Olguin

Ruben Olguin is a New Mexico based Artist and Educator working in ceramics, adobe and electronic media. He uses traditional hand processes for earth sculpture building and incorporates electronic elements into his works. He has been a member of SeedBroadcast since 2016.




Chrissie OrrChrissie Orr

Chrissie Orr, born in Scotland, is an artist, animateur and a beautiful trouble-maker who has spearheaded innovative community projects internationally. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Living Story and faculty of the Academy for the Love of Learning in New Mexico, and co-founder of SeedBroadcast. In her spare time she grows ancient varieties of corn to learn new ways of being in this world.



richRich Pecoraro

Rich Pecoraro helped launch the nation’s first 100% organic non-hybrid seed company, Seeds of Change, where he worked as co-director of seed production, harvest, cleaning and processing. Rich then founded Abbondanza Organic Seeds and Produce, a regional seeds and produce organization that at its peak cultivated 50 acres, had 400 CSA members, and provided regionally adapted seeds to the community. Rich is founder of the MASA Seed Foundation which supports traditional Mexican corn farmers through his local tortilla company in Boulder, Colorado.


Diane PrattDiane Pratt

Diane is a “do-it-yourselfer" at heart and in practice. Her quest for the freshest and tastiest ingredients led her to grow her own vegetables at home, saving her own seeds; to become a chicken and goat “mommie” and backyard beekeeper; and most recently to grow her own grains. She has gardened in Washington DC, coastal Oregon, tropical Palau and Santa Fe for four decades. As a community food activist, she joined with others in a project to trial ancient and heritage grains at the historic Los Luceros Farm in hopes of rekindling a “Grain Chain” in northern New Mexico.


Jody PughJody Pugh

Jody Pugh is a lifelong lover of plants. Her first interest in plants started when she was young while helping her mom in their garden. It has expanded from there to her current passion with growing heirloom tomatoes and giant pumpkins. She is a Master Gardener with the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association and is one of the initiators of the annual Master Gardener Seed Exchange. She has participated in the Seed School In a Day course by Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and continues to support expanding our understanding of heritage seeds.



panagiotisPanagiotis Sainatoudis

Panagiotis is founder of the Peliti organization, a NGO in Greece working since 1995 on the the collection, conservation and dissemination of traditional seed varieties. Panagiotis became member of the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki in 1988. He organized the first lessons of ecological agriculture and the first group for preservation of local seed varieties in Greece. He traveled on foot and hitchhiking in Greece for five years, gathering over 1,200 traditional varieties. He is the founder of the Olympic Seed Festival.


christine salemChristine Salem

Christine Salem is a member of the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association, the New Mexico Native Plant Society, the Eldorado School Community Garden, and Home Grown New Mexico. She produces and hosts the weekly Garden Journal radio show/podcast, coordinates the Los Luceros Heritage Grain Trials project, and mills and bakes with heritage grains.



miguelMiguel Santistevan

Miguel Santistevan has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biology and Agriculture Ecology and certifications in Permaculture and ZERI design. He is an educator, writer, seed saver, researcher of acequias and resilience, and radio producer of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! He lives in Taos on his acequia-irrigated farm with his wife and two daughters.



gregGreg Schoen

Greg has carried a lifetime attraction to the natural environment around us, along with the pursuit of spiritual and personal understanding, with the intent of helping others live a balanced life in a changing world. Through the course of working with heritage landrace seeds, Greg has found that the medium of the seeds and the mystery of the intelligence they contain can re-align us to our true equilibrium, bridge our differences, and help us find peace in these unusual times.



SeedBroadcast holds the belief that it is a human right to be able to save our seeds and share their potential, to grow our own food and share this abundance, and to cultivate grassroots wisdom and share in its creativity. We call this agri-Culture. Our creative work is rooted in this practice through encouraging people to share seeds and share stories. Seed Stories are the grassroots voices of courage, desire, memory, and dreams. They speak towards the complex relationships between people, seeds, food, ecology, and agency. Seed Stories are stories of knowledge, ideas, and actions, as well as histories and thoughts toward the future.



indraIndra Shekhar Singh

Indra Shekhar Singh is a seed steward who has traveled to over 1,200 villages conducting workshops on sustainability and sustainable farming in India. He given over 200 lectures at schools and universities. Indra has also started a seed-cooperative to reintroduce organic farming and indigenous varieties in the rural community of Koraon, India.


belleBelle Starr

Belle is Deputy Director and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA). She also co-created Seed School, now in its 9th year. She lives in Arizona with her husband, RMSA Executive Director Bill McDorman.




Carol Thompson

Learning from smallholder farmers in Southern Africa over decades, Carol Thompson has taught international environmental policies at universities in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, as well as at Northern Arizona University.



donDon Tipping

Don owns Siskiyou Seeds, a family farm based organic seed company at Seven Seeds Farm in southwest Oregon. They host the biennial Seed Academy on the farm and collaborate with numerous other seed growers in their bioregion. Don is on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.


alishaAlisha Wenger

Alisha is co-owner of Seeds Trust, a high-altitude seed company based in Denver. Born and raised in Colorado, she spent three years after college in the Peace Corps working with subsistence farmers in West Africa. Alisha recently completed her Permaculture Design Certification in 2017 and is board treasurer for Global Seed Savers.


rowenRowen White

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 Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City, California. Rowen is National Project Coordinator for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network (an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance) and board chair of Seed Savers Exchange.



waltWalter Whitewater

Walter Whitewater was born in Pinon, Arizona and is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He grew up traditionally and began cooking professionally in 1992 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a chef at Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC a Native American Catering company in Santa Fe, specializing in Native American Cuisine using ancestral foods with a modern twist.



Bevan WilliamsBevan Williams

Bevan has five years of university education and is self-educated in agronomy, agriculture (50 growing seasons), seed production and plant breeding, and the biological and physical sciences. He has been a presenter at many venues on permaculture, sustainable agriculture, community food systems, off-the-grid alternative housing and right livelihood. Bevan has hosted 50 interns, founded a community and nonprofits, and consulted on community food systems for 20 years.



Nina Yozell-Epstein

Nina Yozell-Epstein is the founder of Squash Blossom Local Food, a social enterprise, serving farmers of and around Northern New Mexico, distributing their produce to restaurants and to the general public in Santa Fe. Nina has worked in food and farming both in her home state of New Mexico, and around the globe. Nina's passion is to make small-scale, family farming viable for generations to come. She sees the work of Squash Blossom as a way to protect the earth, preserve culture and diversity, strengthen the local economy, and imbue health for all eaters.




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