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Moments in the Campo: Life on Guatemala’s Southern Coast

The town is called Maria del Mar. The house has no electricity, no running water. The toilet is a hole in the backyard, a wooden seat inside a wooden shack. Like almost every family on the coast, the Gramajos bathe with a bucket, so I do too, for the days I stay with them. I bathe standing on a slab Read the full article…

The Rotary Global Grant: Fueling Semilla Nueva’s Next Phase into Self-Sufficiency

Jaime Quevedo from the Quetzaltenango Rotary Club volunteers with community seed distribution, May 2016 Semilla Nueva owes a great deal of its present success to Rotary. Rotary has been Semilla Nueva’s core source of support throughout the organization’s evolution, and without its generosity, the depth of Semilla Nueva’s growth in recent years would not have been possible. Many members of our Board Read the full article…

WHAT THE BUZZWORD SUSTAINABILITY REALLY MEANS TO SEMILLA NUEVA AND HOW ONE DAY’S WAGES IS HELPING US ENSURE WE ACHIEVE IT

Six years ago, the founders of Semilla Nueva envisioned the development of sustainable systems to improve the lives of families in Guatemala through agricultural technologies. That remains our goal. Yet what does that mean – what is sustainable? The word has become diluted in the development world, tossed around to mean anything from earth-friendly to viable long-term. Out of context Read the full article…

We Cannot Reach 100,000 Families Alone: Collaborating to Spread Better Crops Across Guatemala

We Cannot Reach 100,000 Families Alone: Collaborating to Spread Better Crops Across Guatemala June 16, 2016 Semilla Nueva envisions a developing rural Guatemala, where farmers have harnessed the power of new sustainable agriculture technologies, community organization, and engagement with local government. Our work with biofortification, or conventionally breeding crops to contain higher levels of essential nutrients, promises to push us Read the full article…

The Journey of a QPM Seed

It’s the middle of the night, and we are driving across Guatemala in a semi-truck. It is filled with 1,283 bags of QPM, highly nutritious corn seed for farming families to plant, harvest, and save for years to come. We drive through dawn to get the bags to southern coast so that Semilla Nueva farming families can have their seed Read the full article…