Armando Instructing Staff and Participants

“Visions aren't achieved alone; there’s always a team.”

We can have hope and great intentions, but it takes hard work and responsibility to get the job done.

The Seeds for a Future program is staffed by local Guatemalans who are a part of the community. Their training and experience as extensionists make them a vital community resource, coaching and mentoring families to become self-reliant and prosperous.

Their work creates real and lasting change in communities where many children faced chronic malnutrition, food insecurity, and families once had limited options.

It’s the field team’s efforts and your contributions enabling the Seeds for a Future  Program to reach additional families and communities every day.

Armondo Astorga Project Director
Clelia Ixquiatap - Project Coordinator
Julio Lopez Sr Extensionist
Sandra Ixquiactap
Astrid Vásquez - Extensionist
Matea Yax
Timoteo Ico
Leilani Yats Communications Manager
Daillen Culver Director of Operations Seeds for a Future

Community Resources

Over time, the team has produced numerous detailed and fully-illustrated publications on the program’s methods and strategies, including “Libro de Desarrollo” (Development Book) and “Libro de Los Huertos y Casa Granja” (Gardens and Back-yard Farms). These books are meant to serve as guides and resources for other groups desiring to implement a similar program in their own area.

The Seeds team has also produced more than twenty pamphlets and manuals for participants’ home use, such as:

High-Nutrition Recipes:  Recipes using the main horticultural crops produced in family nutrition gardens, including how to enhance the nutrition of many popular local dishes.

Medicinal Plants: A practical manual for identifying and using various medicinal plants which grow in the lower altitude regions of the Department of Suchitepequez.

The Functions of Vegetables:  Detailed information and illustrations on the food values of plants featured in the family nutrition gardens and how to grow them, as well as information about medicinal plants, basic grains, and meats.

Production of Seeds, Seedlings, and Cuttings:  A guide to seed collection and preservation, growing seedlings, and the use of cuttings in specific areas is presented.

Recipes for Nutritious Hot and Cold Beverages: Recipes that use fruits, vegetables, and greens in hot and cold beverages to enhance family nutrition (and replace the empty calories of carbonated soft drinks).

These books and manuals aid the comprehensive onsite training by the extensionists, providing families and communities the tools they need for self-determination, healthier lives, and higher incomes.­

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