Family Raising Rabbits for Food

“When families feel the power of providing for themselves, new worlds of opportunity open up.”

Our Purpose

Seeds for a Future's purpose is to foster rural community development that integrates permaculture, nutrition education, and micro-business opportunities.

Based on the coaching and mentoring of families to provide the skills and materials they need for success, the Seeds self-reliance model also fosters the development of "home-grown" leadership, which facilitates the Program's spread throughout the community.

The concepts and methods used by Seeds for a Future can be successfully applied in rural communities worldwide if proper attention is given to local environmental, cultural, and community factors.

The Program has enjoyed great success, with over 2,100 families completing the Program in 14 communities, and it continues to grow as new families enroll.

In addition, we have conducted an Extension version to begin replicating our Program in four distinct regions of Guatemala. In these locations, 2 to 4 new extensionists have been trained, and each is coaching from 20 to 25 families.

Our Framework

Families and communities are coached and mentored for up to two years to ensure they have the first-hand knowledge and self-confidence required for implementing and maintaining new skills and concepts. These include raising crops and food animals, understanding nutrition and mother/infant health, kitchen hygiene, and microbusiness creation.

Replication of the Program worldwide is a priority of the Seeds team. The staff has developed comprehensive manuals to guide the Program's implementation in a wide variety of cultural settings and communities.

Principles of Engagement

The Program's success is based on understanding the environmental realities, cultural context and needs of each region and community, as well as the resources and needs of individual families.

The Seeds for a Future Program is designed for flexible implementation. It can be adapted to virtually any local conditions worldwide, using the following principles of engagement:

  • Each person has dignity and is to be treated with respect; we work to foster the rights of marginalized groups and their full access to learning and opportunity.
  • Our role starts with understanding the needs and resources of the community and integrating local culture into our interactions with families.
  • We are committed to including local knowledge and skills and promoting sharing and exchanging ideas.
  • Community development occurs when people acquire the technical skills needed for success, learn to work together, and identify opportunities for their own future.
  • Our activities will neither promote nor disparage any religion or political group.

Based on over a dozen years of experience, our Field Manager and team of skilled Extensionists have created detailed field manuals to guide the implementation of an integrated community development program. Currently available in Spanish, these guides are being translated into English.

Please connect with us for additional information on how the Program can work for you.

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