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