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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Relief, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: The Hummingbird Project works for social justice through ecological regeneration and community empowerment around the world.

Results: The Cleveland Seed Bank works with individuals, urban farmers, schools, and libraries we lead efforts to properly grow, save and share seeds. This alliance develops a resilient, locally adapted seed supply - building resilient and sustainable local food system. Internationally, THP focuses on two core projects. The Living Soil Saves Lives program provides training for rural Indian farmers on the soil food web and various composting techniques with the goal of assisting their transition back to natural, organic farming methods. And the Sustainable Schools initiative in Kenya provides education and infrastructure to impoverished schools, allowing students and communities to become working models for sustainability.

Target demographics: Grow Regenerative Communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: Distribute 25,000 packets of Seed through our 13 Seed Libraries.

Geographic areas served: Locally and Globally

Programs: The Hummingbird Project was inspired by the belief that a coalition of individuals, each working for positive change, can have a profound impact on the world. Founded in 2010, THP works for social justice through ecological regeneration and community empowerment initiatives. We envision a world in which people, inspired by nature, create and maintain healthy and abundant livelihoods that enhance biodiversity and regenerate healthy ecosystems.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cleveland Seed Bank has educated and served many residents in Cleveland. At a time when seed saving is important to learn and do on a community level more than ever, The seed bank has lead the way in my neighborhood. I attend the annual seed swap, participate in seed grow outs, pick up seeds at the library down the street, and have consulted with the staff about seeds in my garden. I am planning to host a seed saving workshop at the community garden I co manage in the future. They also host important events such as the seed school in a day event last week. I am lucky that their office is right down the street and I feel I can contact them about seed saving as the staff are supportive and friendly and enthusiastic about helping people save seeds for a future of seed/plant diversity, food security, and ultimately human and other species survival. This Non Profit is more than worthy!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have received free Heirloom seeds for 3 years in a row.
I believe the small amount of money saved ( by myself) , has motivated me to grow more.
Thank you

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first met with the Hummingbird Project when my husband met Chris and Marilyn in a permaculture design course. Since then I have been a strong supporter of the work they do both locally and abroad to help bring understanding and enthusiasm to the work of sustaining food availability and plant diversity. Every year at their seed savers seed swap I am impressed by the number of young people who crowd the tables to take advantage of the huge variety of seeds they can add to their plots no matter where they garden. And the difference The Hummingbird Project has made in the lives of the people they work with overseas can't be overstated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very grateful to the Hummingbird Project and the Cleveland Seed Bank for providing high quality seeds and education. I've used and shared the seeds and seed saving strategies in my community garden. The gift keeps on giving!

1 Ronald K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks really do a tremendous job getting seeds into the communities hands, for free! We have grown many awesome varieties of produce from the seed bank stock and they also gave us free milkweed plants this year!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A couple years ago I attended The Cleveland Seed Bank seed swap event in Oho City. I was very impressed with discovering the large crowd of people and the variety of seeds on tables everywhere! There was music and delicious food snacks and some friendly and knowledgeable volunteer hosts and hostesses around the room to help me navigate the event with ease. Then at a certain point, we were all ushered from the church hall to the church where a speaker presented a timely speech including some really fascinating information. The whole experience was so amazing that I look forward to the next event possibly this coming Spring. The Cleveland Seed Bank needs to stick around forever as their work is truly valuable!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love everything about the Seed Bank. I work at the Cleveland Public Library, where we have a Seed Library. I did not know about it before seeing it here. I love that the seeds are free here, not only for myself but also for the community, as there is the opportunity to generate food at a very low cost. And of course, I found that growing plants from seeds is super-fun and rewarding! And the veggies taste 1,000 times better than grocery store veggies. I really hope more people will take advantage of this program. I am always very happy when I am at a location with a Seed Library and people "check out" seeds. It is a real blessing to the CPL patron base, often from low-income areas. It is also great to promote eating healthy foods like the seed veggies, another issue in our patron communities, where often there are limited healthy food choices available or healthy foods are too costly to buy.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a fun project to collect flower seeds for future use. I enjoyed meeting other volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We talk a lot about food security, food deserts, and poverty. We talk about ways to improve food access, increase independence and create sustainability. The Hummingbird Project has found a very basic, yet incredibly effective way to help address these issues. One subsidiary; The Cleveland Seed Bank is based in a city with high poverty rates, economic disparities, and crime rates. Yet they set up workshops in neighborhood libraries and offer seeds. Seeds for food and seeds of knowledge. They share information with everyone who attends these free and fully accessible sessions. Most attendees are new to growing, but some are garden-knowledgeable and the info sessions become inter-generational trainings of best practices to become somewhat self-sufficient in the inner city. One could argue that seeds are now available to everyone; they are within purchasing guidelines for SNAP, so that means they are without financial restrictions to even those in the most need. This, however, is not the case. To a family already struggling financially, the $10-20 necessary to purchase seeds & start a garden could be equivalent to a week’s worth of dinner. The Cleveland Seed Bank eliminates that issue by providing free seeds to all. No income check, no background check required. This organization is incredible. The altruistic nature of giving just to make the world a better place, by teaching people to become a bit more self-sufficient in order to help solve the food insecurity issues, is just amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cleveland Seed Bank has done a great job of local education on saving seed and gardening. A Seed Bank session I attended was at a library near me, and the organization has actually enlisted many Cleveland-area libraries in the effort. Many branches have their own little bank of seeds from the organization that people can take and plant in their own gardens. What's more, Cleveland Seed Bank's early spring seed exchange has grown to become a well-attended, delightful, fun, and educational event. Kudos to them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's hard to quantify the impact in my life that the HP has made because it is truly immense. Their education and work has led me down many fruitful (literally) paths. I now tend to a massive 14 acre food forest with my friend harvesting fruits and forest medicine such as apples, walnuts, ginseng and more. I've planted and started many 'beyond organic' gardens with all the soil building techniques I learned from them.
The most important thing they have always provided though is their kindness and attention.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cleveland Seed Bank holds many informative classes a year enabling residents to learn the best ways to gather and save seeds. It makes it easy to exchange seeds holding exchanges in various easily reachable locations.

1 Anastasia P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cleveland Seed Bank's seed swaps provided our urban farm (Trinity Cathedral Urban Farm) with fuel for our harvest, all of which goes to feed hungry and homeless people in the urban core. This year, thanks to the plethora of radish seeds we got from them, we had a healthy harvest in the spring of 150 pounds, our largest raids harvest ever, and our fall harvest is just starting. We were also able to add a lot of diversity to our bean crop, thanks to their seeds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been getting seeds from the Cleveland Seed Bank for years and love it. Beautiful flowers and vegetable plants grown! And the staff at the library is wonderful! Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first encountered The Hummingbird project and its incredible founders, Chris Kennedy and Marilyn McHugh, during a permaculture design course in 2015. The story of the Project's origin and its subsequent work completely enthralled me. Over the years since then Chris and Marilyn have become close friends. As I've watched and learned from them I've seen the unswerving sense of commitment and personal dedication they bring to The Hummingbird Project and ancillary efforts like the Cleveland Seed Bank. In the early years, when grants were few and hard to come by, they routinely financed the Project and the Seed Bank out of their own pockets. The work they focus on is always geared toward providing healthful, sustainable life opportunities for those who often are forgotten or ignored. And through the Hummingbird Project they have quite literally changed the lives of people in small communities in Africa and India as well as those in urban "food deserts" in the US. The free Seed libraries they have created with Cleveland Public Library make organic heirloom vegetable seeds available to residents of Cleveland's inner city neighborhoods for free and have facilitated the formation of neighborhood community gardens and urban farms across the city. Through the classes and workshops they conduct in India with Dr. Vandana Shiva, they have trained hundreds of farmers in basic sustainable farming practices like composting and growing healthy soil through applying permaculture methods. My wife and I have been fortunate in being able to provide a small measure of financial support to the Hummingbird Project over the last few years and, quite frankly, we wish we were able to do more. We've never encountered a nonprofit more deserving of support where every single dollar they raise is directly used to better the lives of those in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The hummingbird project is doing amazing work making a huge difference one drop at a time. ✴️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cleveland Seed Bank is a great organization. The seed saving book they gave me has helped teach me the right way to save my own seeds. I also enjoy going to their yearly seed swap and have gotten many seeds from the seed bank they offer at my local library. Thank you for all that you do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cleveland Seed Bank is a valued part of the Cleveland community and the greater community of seed savers around the world. I'm so thankful to have connected with them and to have partnered on the Seed Steward project. They are facilitating extremely important work and have helped to educate the public about how essential seed saving is to the continuation of a diverse ecosystem.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hummingbird is a great project. Chris and Marilyn are teachers who inspire their students with their works. More power to this organization.

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1 Robin Lal S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chris & Marilyn of THP are such wonderful inspirational teachers plus curious learners themselves! Their openness, compassion, depth of wisdom & experience is so vital for our present times to usher us into an organic sustainable natural wholesome living. Through THP and their impactful projects/trainings, I see many countless lives & communities being touched and transformed for a better today & tomorrow. It's amazing & heart-warming to see such dedicated and passionate beings collaborating with so many people on so many fronts to make a positive change! Guiding lights!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project and its initiators are very inspiring and will make many more people believe in and work for a sustainable organic future!

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Sarrika D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful learning experience with Chris & Marilyn. They are very grounded & passionate about their work. Their openness to learning and sharing makes them very authentic and lively.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was inspired by the Humming bird project. It allowed me to look at soil from an earth citizen perspective. There is more to soil and that is what connects us to our health and mother nature work for all living beings. Thank you for the work that you do for mother earth and its beings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity to receive training from Chris and Marilyn, founders of THP. I also learnt about the Hummingbird project and found it very inspiring. I believe in their mission and am very happy to endorse THP.

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Debrah H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the soil, a fragile living community, there is no life on earth. This is the essence of the Hummingbird Project. A project that imparts this knowledge in an impressive multidimensional and interactive manner. Essential learning lovely people.

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Asha P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am inspired by the Hummingbird Project's vision of seed-saving and seed-sharing and various initiatives Chris and Marilyn implemented to promote soil regeneration. For many years, they have helped marginalized communities in Africa and India to create food security and sovereignty by teaching them how to work with the foundation of the health which is the soil. I had a chance to learn from them at Navdanya Earth University in India and I learned so much about the soil food web and how I can use this knowledge to start my own composting system at home.

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1 Amandeep C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a great initiative. The work done by Chris and team is commendable.

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Eric S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chris and Marilyn have big hearts and lots of knowledge. They are helping farmers all over the world achieve sovereignty by educating them about the soil food web, the benefits of organic farming, and how to save seeds so they are no longer enslaved by big Agribusinesses companies. They are literally saving farmers lives and livelihood.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brilliant people doing brilliant things! The lessons I had with them were fascinating - bringing to light the importance of healthy soils and how we can restore ecosystems and agriculture from the ground up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These people are doing an amazing labour in educating farmers and citizens in how to understand the real world of nourrishing the soil and sustainability. It's actions that change the world and the Hummingbird project is doing it in the most humble way. They have helped and continue helping communities to be free from starvation, scarcity and droughts. All my support to amazing people like them.

we love you

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing a wonderful work in bring awareness on the life in the soil and to protect it through organic farming.

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Anandi A. P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THP does wonderful work around the world with open source materials to empower others to be leaders in their community.

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Tahera_H

Donor

Rating: 5

This review is so overdue. Thank you, Chris and Marilyn (the founder Directors), for the amazing human beings that you are, and for all the tireless hours and passion that you pour into all the communities (microbes included) that you interact with. Your energy, love and commitment is evident in everything you do. I have been fortunate enough to spend time with you, learning about soil and seed, and about your community capacity building in Africa and India, seed bank in Ohio,and other tremendous projects that you are doing round the world. Loved exploring the soil food web with you, under the microscope. I have a new found wonderment and appreciation for all those hard workers that toil in the soil. Chris and Marilyn are true stewards of our precious land and I am so blessed to have met them, and their lovely son Cormac. I sure hope that I get to partner and collaborate with them on a project in the near future. If you ever get an opportunity to work with them or support their work in any way, please do. These pics are from my time spent with them at Navdanya, Dr. Vandana Shiva's beautiful and biodiverse farm in the foothills of the Himalaya. Cormac, you are a lucky kid for the inspirational and loving parents that you have!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met the founders of The Hummingbird Project at an Agroecology course in India. Their passion and deep knowledge of the soil food web, seed saving and regenerative agriculture was incredibly inspiring. I am so glad that this organization exists to spread this important life saving knowledge where it is needed most. They give me hope for our future and for the planet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Cleveland Seed Bank’s annual Seed Swap. The event was amazing! It was wonderful to be in the same room with several hundred Cleveland seed savers, take part in the educational workshops and take home so many beautiful organic (non-GMO) seeds for my garden!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project has been such a eye opener. I for the first time in my adult life finally had some land to grow some vegetables but I didn't know where to start so a friend of mine told me about this organization so I went to thier seed swap event. This was a great event to network with other gardeners, to learn about how soil works, what seeds to grow, how to get your garden started. This really got me on the right path and the people with The Hummingbird Project were so great, passionate and helpful. This year I was able to eat so many vegatables from my garden and I found taking care of the garden from sprouts to harvest helped to center me and to have a hobby that turned into a real passion, and I have The Hummingbird Project to thank for this.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly inspiring to get a chance to learn about the work that they do from seed saving to the tiniest organisms and bacteria in the soil. It shows that small things can effect on a large scale. We are all connected in the soil food web and that the things you don't notice at first is often the most important!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are competent, hardworkers and above all very generous. Hurrah for the hummingbird project and long life to them!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an honor to study seed and soil with the directors and founders of the Hummingbird project! They are not only knowledgable and passionate about agroecology, seed sovereignty, and the incredible diversity of life in the soil, but also know how to teach these challenging, but critically important subjects. I was a part of a month iong agroecology course at Navdanya in India where the directors taught us the foundational biology of plant reproduction, practical techniques to save and store seed, and how to work with seed over many years to breed new varieties that are locally adapted to yield more, even in challenging conditions. They also taught us about the soil food web and the incredible diversity of life in the soil. They even set up a soil laboratory for us to peer into the microscopic world of soil life. This is just the beginning of what the hummingbird project does. Perhaps their most important work is at the community level in the United States, Africa, and India where they help protect biodiversity, food and seed sovereignty, and farmers rights. The Hummingbird project founders are a wealth of experience and knowledge. I am deeply inspired by their work.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The co-founders are so loving, caring and gentle with the very delicate subject matter of our livelihoods which run more and more at risk as the planet undergoes such drastic change. As a teacher, I am so appreciative of the holistic world view they approach the importance and excitement for how to care for ourselves, and the natural world we come from. Thank you! Keep up the good work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird project does amazing work. The cofounders are exceptionally proactive and to look to how they can best serve the communities they engage.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project is based on the idea that no action is too small to make a difference in our world. They help people around the world with basic quality of life issues such as having clean water, fertile soil, cheap local energy, and healthy nutrition. The founders have worked tirelessly to educate farmers about techniques in organic, biodiversity-based farming necessary for survival as we all cope with climate change and a poisonous chemical food industry that puts profits over people. Their work has greatly impacted numerous communities on the Indian and African continents. They also encourage seed saving/sharing and farm-to-table programs to help people in their own USA community have healthy food. Join them to replace the poisonous system we now endure with truly nutritious, natural food and Earth-nurturing practices.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project is a phenomenal organization making a significant impact in Cleveland, OH, India, Africa. The degree to which The Hummingbird Project, and its leaders Marilyn McHugh and Chris Kennedy have been able make such tremendous positive change with limited resources is amazing! This organization is making every community it touches better, and I am proud to serve on its board!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project is one of the most inspiring project I have come across till this day. Chris and Marilyn not only care about the people and the Earth, they also have a striking passion for sharing, learning, helping others. The way they chose to connect with communities, by spending time building relationships and understanding the local needs, reflects their ultimate devotion to make a difference...not for their sake , but for others' benefit. Their Hummingbird Project reflects its founders' genuine compassion, care and love.
It has been a honour to come across their way and learn from their project, receive their teachings, and share our experience in the field of food security. I wish them to receive all the support possible to keep growing their project and allow more farmers, small stakeholders and communities to receive their inputs and work hand-in-hand. Chris and Marilyn have become such a source of inspiration, both as people and within their project.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chris and Marilyn are so genuine and down to earth people and this reflects in their dedication and effort they put in the hummingbird project. I have learnt so much in their lectures and there was never a moment that I found dull or boring. All the sessions were very engaging and active. I never though that I would take back so much knowledge about soil and the amazing variety of organisms that live within it. Also, outside classes they were ready to answer any questions that we had. Overall, this is an amazing initiative and I would definitely want this non-profit to be more well known because they are doing a fantastic job!!

2 Jehaan I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Drawing their inspiration from the story of the humming bird trying to save the forest from burning down by doing the best it could do, Chris and Marilyn to are constantly striving to save the Earth and our ecosystem in every possible way they can. They have been a true inspiration to me and many others. Simplifying and breaking down complex science into a fun environment, this power couple shuffle around the country explaining to a thousand others about the party underneath our feet by means of their telescope and helping farmers convert their inert soils and inculcate these awesome creatures to create LIVING SOILS.

It just does not end there. Their amazing attempts at not just saving the soil but the seed as well with the Cleveland Seed Bank and all other initiatives gives us power to do more for our soil,seed and stomach.

More power to both you guys!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris and Marilyn are a key asset to a better understanding of your soil, your production system and working either in team or in community on a regenerative project. Their classes and explanations are dynamic and outstanding. Ask them for help to become an Hummingbird yourself, get ready for a better future and be the change you want to see.

3 Gabriella2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Chris and Marilyne
as a total Greenhorn in matter I enjoyed your classes on seeds and soil at Navdanya - the Highlights of the whole course in fact.
I not only learned about for me so far totally unknown facts - I first of all was inspired by the love and passion you transmitted for the living soil, and the composition of compost and those beautifully ugly wurms and bacteria and and ;-))
Thank you ! Hope to keep in touch.
Gemma

3 Cori H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chris and Marilyn are excellent facilitators. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their work. They are able to present technical information in an engaging way and connect with their students. I am inspired by their efforts to educate communities internationally to save seed, share seed, cultivate and appreciate healthy soils, create healthy communities, and combat climate change. The Hummingbird Project is a brilliant and genuine organization.

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

Got an opportunity to meet wonderful couple Chris & Marilyn at Navdanya. one of the best facalties for A-Z Agroecology & Organic food system course. A small but meaning full attempt to bring change in our environment. Beautiful souls with knowledgea and love for nature. Inspiration to me and many others with their journey of Hummingbird project and love for seed and soil. This course had bought me close to nature
Little loveable angel Cormac their beautiful creations who always got smile to all of us ,seeing diversity in his nature.
It was pleasure noning u Chris & Marily
for all the inspiration what I got from u.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird project is, in my perspective, not just a project ,but an inspirational art-form that is beautifully shared with everyone who seek for the better change for the mother earth. And also they have a power to inspire people to see things differently.

It all comes from the two passionate representatives; Chris and Marilyn. Not to mention their abundance of knowledge and expertee, their attitude of sharing what ever they can offer and the joy of life with people is what have made The Humming Bird Project one and only.

I met them through Agroecology course at Navdanya farm in India, and their lectures, workshops, and even just a casual talk had opened my eyes and given me the positive perspective and ideas to work towards our common goal of saving this precious planet.

Thank you Chris and Marilyn again for all the inspirational things you have shared with us.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Chris and Marilyn approximately 1 1/2 months ago in India, where they were co-facilitating/co-teaching many aspects of the A-Z course at Navdanya - a space created by Vandana Shiva.

In a short time I learned so much from them. Topics such as, but not limited to, the science of seeds, seed saving, seed libraries/exchanges, living soil and its biology, compost, urban farming and living life with a purpose.

During the course they infused each lesson with knowledge, passion, excitement and a sense of humour - always leaving us with a thirst for more. Their classes were interactive, inclusive and inspirational for each and everyone of us from across the globe, regardless of our skill set or knowledge base.

On a personal level, as a secondary school principal from Canada, I wanted to instantly capture their enthusiasm for sharing in the teaching and learning process and transport them directly into my school community!!

Chris and Marilyn are doing incredible work on 3 continents through their organization, The Hummingbird Project. They meet people where they are at, and infuse their love for making the planet a better (and healthier) place with thousands of people along the way.

Together, they are truly the most inspiring and positive educators I have met!!
They have, most definitely, inspired me to 'get out there'.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been living and working in East Africa for the last 12 years, working on a variety of development programmes from across sectors. Most recently, I've been the Programme Director of a $7M, systems-based climate change resilience programme in northeastern Uganda and on the Somali border of Kenya. I left my work to pursue direct trainings in permaculture and agroecology so that I could provide more hands-on and technical input in to resilience building in East Africa, as well as Southeast Asia where I'm increasing doing work.

I've dedicated this year to attend various trainings, including the one at Vandana Shiva's Navdanya Centre outside of Dehradun in India. Chris and Marilyn were among the stellar line up of instructors from around the world, hand-picked by Dr. Shiva for their deep technical knowledge on issues of seed saving and soil micro-biology. Chris and Marilyn are artful in their ability to take complex scientific concepts and convert them in to digestible, interesting and inspiring modules that are effective in helping the lay person understand important issues effecting living soil; a precious global resource under threat.

In the African context where people, especially women and girls, are increasingly vulnerable to climate shocks and stresses, it is critical that small farmers and homesteads are sensitized to the importance of selecting climate resilient seeds, or seeds with traits that can fetch higher market prices, linking poor communities with greater market opportunities and income generation.

Lastly, I have recently been doing work in southeast Asia on how to integrate principles and practices of permaculture to public health issues, including HIV/AIDs, Malaria and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. Chris and Marilyn saw eye-to-eye on me with how to address issues of malnutrition and even reducing environmental disease vectors to address a host of issues that effect household and community health, which adds to the system-based approach to the Humming Bird perspective, well beyond the aspects of agriculture and food production and in to comprehensive resilience and community well-being.

Not only have I gained greater technicals skills in the short time with Chris and Marilyn that I'll apply to my work with climate vulnerable communities, but I also look forward to partnering with the Hummingbird Project in the future on helping communities to restore functional ecosystems and enhance community health through regenerative food systems.

1 Ajay M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris & Marilyn are two people who are SO passionate about the work that they do, and this passion and love permeates into the world around them in their chosen field - soil microbiology, creating living soils, saving seeds, organic farming - basically all things earthy and good :) They are committed to serving others, as is evidenced by their many travels all over India - far away from their beloved Cleveland - heading into deep rural pockets, spending time with Indian farmers, usually with only one English speaking translator in tow. And all this with their own funds. They are both excellent educators and their excitement for their subject is infectious! They are good people and I am Truly blessed to have met them. I wish them all the best in their endeavors. Support them wherever you can!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work of Chris and Marilyn of the Hummingbird Project is both relevant and impactful. It is evident that both of these individuals are deeply committed to and passionate about the health of our soil, and I sincerely hope that this dynamic duo continues to propagate their legacy of education, empowerment and inspiration of a better world.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chris and Marilyn shared their inspiring journey of setting up the Hummingbird Project and Cleveland Seed Library at the A to Z agroecology course at Navdanya. It was fascinating to look at soil under the microscope in their Living Soil workshop and learn more about the life of soil and the critical role of the humble earthworm. It was also great to learn more about some of the practicalities around saving open pollinated seed. I leave feeling inspired and empowered to start working towards setting up a seed saving group in my community. Thank you! Poppy

2 Ricarda M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The founders of the project, Chris and his beautiful wife Marilyn, introduced the A-Z agroecology course at Navdanya to their work, their knowledge and experience. By showing us how they work, they didnt only educate us to become more aware of the problems and find better solutions, but gave us an excellent example how we can make a change ourselves with our own capacities. This is what truely matters - share your experience and spread the idea of how to get started. We were left with hope and inspiration and thank Chris and Marilyn for their work! Kind regards, Ricarda Ruediger

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Humming Bird Project is a fantastic and effective non profit, not least because it is small, flexible and exquisitely focused on what it knows best: Soil and Seed, and nature's food cycle. Openhearted and charming founders Marilyn McHugh and Chris Kennedy have the ability to teach diverse groups of people--young/old, educated/uneducated, farmers and city dwellers--about the amazing complexity of the soil food web. Not only do Chris and Marilyn facilitate educational workshops about soil, seed and regenerative growing practices, but as scientists they also test, analyze and offer solutions for problem soil. In addition, they offer assistance to farmers wishing to transition from toxic chemical inputs to organic methods. We have interviewed Chris and Marilyn for our film in production about the life of Dr. Vandana Shiva. Over a three year period of meeting with The Humming Bird Project in India, we have witnessed first hand the powerful impact this organization has on people's lives.










4 bjoseph59

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project embodies and extends the inspiring educational outreach work of its founders, Chris and Marilyn McHugh, by targeting several of the most daunting environmental and food security issues facing humanity, and responding with elegant, practical and (most importantly) effective solutions: rebuild the soil food web, save locally adapted seed varieties, and re-build locally resilient agricultural systems. As a sustainable agriculture program coordinator and instructor, I have enthusiastically drawn upon the generously shared knowledge of the Hummingbird project founders as a sterling example of how a small, conscientious, and well-organized effort can literally change the world! The project equips farmers in India and elsewhere with the means to reclaim their future, by offering a unique synthesis of scientific rigor (applying breakthrough interdisciplinary research regarding the soil health as viewed through a living systems perspective), and hands-on, transformative learning delivered by talented professionals who draw upon many years of cross-cultural experience to reach farmers literally on their home soil, where real change from the bottom up becomes possible!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chris and Marylin have been coming to India for the last 6 years working and training farmers in seed and living soil in addition to training hundreds of farmers and students at Navdanya in principles of agroecology. Their beautiful spirit and tireless efforts have inspired in turn many students to start their own agroecology projects in different parts of the world and strengthen the movement for Seed Freedom. The Humming Bird project is an extremely important project in the global struggle for seed sovereignty and ecological agriculture, empowering local communities and building resilience.There is no more powerful gift you can give farmers than the knowledge and resources to be independent of the system that keeps them impoverished. We highly recommend collaborating and supporting the humming bird project that is creating long lasting and positive change in India and around the world.

4 Tom_89

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marilyn and Chris have created a non-profit that is truly more than just the sum of it's parts. The reach of their mission has crossed borders, both real and imaginary throughout the world and have made a real difference in the lives of whom their paths have crossed with. Their love for helping others and creating new opportunities for people to engage and do something real and meaningful is what makes their non-profit so great.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hummingbird Project is truly regenerative. The team's creativity and grounded sense of reality makes for a super-nourishing organization that has a solid benefit to the Earth. These folks come from the Earth and give to the Earth. They seem to me to be ancient healers resurrected as "Marilyn" and "Chris." As a fellow community organizer, I find them to support my work in incredibly thoughtful ways and feel very strongly that they have my back and that I have their's. I worked recently on creating a pollinator garden in memory of a black child killed by the Cleveland police named Tamir Rice. In my beginning efforts to build community support, I reached out to The Hummingbird Project just to let them know what I was up to. I hardly knew what I was asking for because this was such an enormous project for my experience level. The email I wrote was very long-winded but they read it in its entirety, and then responded quickly. They then continued to follow through in ways that were extensive and powerful, and important aspects of the project exist solely because of the role they voluntarily played on behalf of our community. The Hummingbird Project is made up of very highly respectable people who deserve every good thing coming their way. I hope this review helps garner more support for them :)!!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful to Chris and Marilyn for coming up with such a lovely project, and am glad that I could meet them .Thank you, You guys are doing an awesome job for the community and for Mother Earth.
With respect,
Drona D Chetri

4 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to meet Chris and Marilyn at the A-Z Organic Farming and Agroecology Course at Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in India last month. Together, they gave several presentations about the importance of living soil and living seed. These classes opened my eyes to the magical world of soil, and although I thought I knew how valuable and precious soil was, I didn't entirely understand until I left their presentation that first day. Hearing about what they have achieved on a local and global scale in regards to ecological regeneration and community development, has left me marvelling at just how much 2 people can achieve. The passion and enthusiasm that Chris and Marilyn exude is whole-heartedly inspiring and a rare thing to find in today's world. Zoe