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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: The primary purpose of the Hummingbird Project is to create sustainable systems using permaculture principles that enhance and benefit communities by educating and empowering individuals to improve quality of life and foster stewardship of the earth.

Results: In 2012, THP presented on the ‘Living Soil’ to over 1,000 farmers, trainers, students and government officials about the life in the soil and organic farming methods in 6 different states across India. THP provided the supplies and training to establish 2 soil microbiology labs in India and 1 lab in Thailand, each continue to be a training resource for farmers. THP has collaborations with 5 separate Indian NGOs and in October 2013, trained over 500 farmers in villages around Lucknow and Varanasi.

Target demographics: subsistence farmers

Direct beneficiaries per year: train over 1,000 rural Indian farmers on how to transition from chemical to organic farming

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: THP is an all volunteer non-profit organization that is working for social justice through ecological regeneration. The 'Living Soil Saves Lives' project, which empowers individuals and communities to be more self-reliant and regenerate the earth through organic farming methods, 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. We are also working on building, refurbishing and teaching about use of biogas digesters as a clean, renewable source of fuel. We believe that cultivating the skills required for sustainable food production will empower poor vulnerable farming households to improve food security and strengthen communities economic & environmental long-term resiliency. 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

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

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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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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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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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