Centro Ashé is proud to present our grassroots community seed program that promotes and preserves seed saving. We cultivate locally grown, open-pollinated and non-GMO seeds and facilitate community exchanges. Saving seeds is one of the most radical and yet fundamentally important things we can do to ensure a healthy and thriving agriculture, protect biodiversity, and to curb corporate control of our food system.
In addition to hosting community seed exchanges, we sell them which allows us to continue to grow out the abundance of bio-diversity and raise funds for Centro Ashé programs.
Seed Varieties Available: Burdock Evening Primrose Fish Pepper Cherokee Purple Tomato Red Okra
We also have small quantities of elecampane, hibiscus sabdariffa, and others please check for availablity!
Buy Now $4 per pack, $1 for shippingAll proceeds to go to support Centro Ashé Farm & Education Center! Pay in cash for on farm pick up, or order online to have them shipped.
Seeding Deep Democracy - Vandana Shiva Click below to learn more about why saving seeds is important:
Excellent video by Bakers Creek Seeds on seed saving, heirlooms, non-hybrids and more!
Why save/swap seed? "Our
rapidly changing world gives us more and more reasons to strengthen our
local resources and our ability to be self-sufficient. Local seed saving
allows us to cultivate plants that do well in our region, with each
generation adapting more to the local environment. We preserve heirloom
seeds that are lost as the seed industry concentrates into fewer and
fewer large corporations. Seed banks are a great investment; with some
plants one seed can return up to 40,000. The abundance seed savers
experience is shared with the community and helps model a different
economic system. We hope to cultivate a network of seed savers in the
region, supporting each other and the seed library as a resource for the
expanding community of gardeners, and to strengthen our local food
system." (WC Community Seed Bank)
At Centro Ashé Herbs & Education we are grateful to build cooperatively to keep the knowledge of our food, herbal medicine, seeds, and our healing traditions alive and vital within our communities. Our belief is that plant medicine is the people's medicine, everyone of us comes from a lineage of plant people, and this knowledge is our birthright.
We are a community rooted educational center based outside Washington DC and the Caribe Sur of Costa Rica. Our goal is to keep our classes inspiring, useful, affordable & accessible while honoring the time, energy, and knowledge our teachers come to share. Centro Ashé programs act as catalysts to build community, land-based, and traditional knowledge. We celebrate the richness and diversity of folk herbalism across cultures while providing supportive and practical knowledge. We honor the incredible knowledge present within our communities and our teachers are all local herbalists, farmers, and plant people in the communities we work, the knowledge is right here!
Centro Ashé programs are a reflection of and supported by our community, and so it is with true gratitude we thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to building with you!