New York, NY – Huffington Post Impact teamed up with the Heartfelt Foundation to form the first IGNITEgood Millennial Impact Challenge challenge grant in 2012. After 214 entries, 10 finalists, and over 24,000 votes cast, Semilla Nueva won the competition for the World Category. The prize includes a $10,000 grant to propel the project forward, a three-day training workshop in New York City with other winners, and a spot in the inaugural class of Millennial Change makers that is sure to be a more and more influential cohort of movers and shakers in the social good world.
Rogue Valley Messenger
Seeds are sometimes sown in unlikely places. When Brook Golling, Joseph Bornstein and Curt Bowen lost a Nicaraguan friend to a fishing accident, they decided to raise money to build a house for his wife and young son. Though the project was a success, the young men realized their friend’s death was a direct result of poverty; he couldn’t afford decent equipment. They resolved to come up with a project that would address the roots of poverty, not just treat the effects.
Chew on this Idaho
Curt Bowen, Executive Director of Semilla Nueva is with us. Semilla Nueva means “New Seed” in Spanish. This non-profit organization was created in early 2009 with the mission of reintroducing and cultivating sustainable farming practices in rural Guatemala.
Crop burning is a huge issue in Guatemala, deeply rooted in cultural beliefs that burning the residues that remain after harvesting “clean” the land, wiping it fresh for a new season of planting. What burning really does is concentrate the soil’s nutrients into a light layer of ash that is too often blown away, leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion in heavy rains and windy droughts.
The Esperanza Project
ALMOLONGA, Guatemala – Ramón Siquina has depended on insecticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers like everyone else in this green produce basket of the Quetzaltenango province. But nowadays, he’s using fewer of them.