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Review for The Hummingbird Project, Cleveland, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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