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A History New Mexico Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance
New Mexico Acequia Association, Traditional Native American Farmer’s Association, Honor Our Pueblo Existence, Tewa Women United
The New Mexico Food and Sovereignty Alliance was formed in 2006 following the Seed Sovereignty Declaration in which farmers from tribal, Pueblo, acequia communities, and other farmers, signed the declaration to defend seeds from genetic contamination.
The name of our annual gathering in three languages, beginning with Tewa, recognizes indigenous peoples as seed savers and guardians of countless generations of seeds. It also recognizes that land-based people have borrowed from and added to these traditions from around the world. The Indo-Hispano people, who are mestizo, or of mixed ancestry, have evolved a land-based culture after centuries of growing food in their respective villages
Later, other migrants established roots and continued or revived seed saving traditions of their ancestors as well. The seed exchange and gathering is an affirmation of the unity that is possible between cultures and the unity that is necessary to defend seeds so that future generations can continue their freedom to save and grow their own food.
Our mission statement is to continue, revive, and protect our native seeds, crops, heritage fruits, animals, wild plants, traditions, and knowledge of our indigenous, land and acequia based communities in New Mexico for the purpose of maintaining and continuing our culture and resisting the global, industrialized food system that can corrupt our health, freedom, and culture through inappropriate food production and genetic engineering.
For more information, visit https://lasacequias.org/
12th Annual Ówingeh Táh Pueblos y Semillas Gathering and Seed Exchange – 2017