The Seed Guardians Network is a social platform that connects families who carry out activities in favor of natural seeds, agroecology and building sustainable patterns of life. Since 2002 we have been working on the basis of personal actions and family projects with community outreach.
We are organized horizontally, with autonomous work groups that interact freely through regional nodes that connect and disseminate their work. Coordinations are created as needed, and work under the supervision of at least one of the four Counselors of the network, in charge of accompanying processes and help maintain the logic and organizational culture of the network.
RGS projects are proposed, designed and managed by their own actors. We generate self-sufficiency through commercialization of our products, educational events, technical advice and input from our partners.
We seek financial support only to solve “bottlenecks”, i.e. circumstances that hinder the development of long-term processes.
We are building a sustainable future through with practical actions.
Choco Node strong>
The Choco is a bioregion that includes tropical rainforests of the coastal region. In Ecuador it includes the province of Esmeraldas and mountain flanks of the Andes.
This node works mainly with fruits and fine aroma cacao, planting Food Forest through Regenerative Agriculture techniques. Among the most notable projects are Caimito Sustainable, which supports about 100 producers of fine aroma cacao of the EcoCacao Association in Cabo San Francisco; Chocolate Mashpi and associated producers in the area of Mashpi; Finca Río Guaycuyacu, home for one of the largest collections of tropical fruits in the world; Tucanopy in Nanegalito, among others. This node also gives support for the peoples of the mangrove in Esmeraldas through partnerships with the organization C-Condem.
Costa Node Strong>
Includes work in the province of Manabi, one of the most diverse in the country since in its coasts collide the Antarctic Humboldt Current with the tropical El Niño. Projects include the Rio Muchacho Finca, with influence in 8 communities in the area of Canoa, famous for its educational process; Finca Sarita and producers in the Calceta area, where the first agroecological rice farming incorporating ducks and fish was performed, and also works with top quality cacao and appropriate technologies; Group La Quijada, based on Portoviejo and Santa Ana, which organizes several festivals each year promoting the cultural identity of montubio people.
Sierra Norte Node strong>
It includes projects in the provinces of Carchi, Imbabura and Pichincha.
In Carchi the work of Bosque de Paz specializes in bamboo and vetiver.
In Imbabura work has focused in Cotacachi and Intag valleys, through partners such as Kurikindi gardens and Llurimahua farm, with work in production of vegetables, tropical fruits and high quality organic coffee. There are also active partners in Otavalo and San Antonio de Ibarra with Andean grains such as corn, beans, quinoa and amaranth.
Pichincha province is the most active in the network, primarily due to the large number of alternative projects born in the area. Among the processes to highlight are Vida y Semilla in Ayora, Mishky Warmy in Cayambe, Proyecto Atuk in Pifo, Huerta Flor de Cactus, Yakunina, EcoCentro Allpa Tarpuna, Paqocha and Casa Las 3 Marias in Tumbaco, A su Merced farm in La Merced, among others. The work includes seed production with participatory certification, production of vegetables and native foods, artisan products including sausages, soap, herbology, agave syrup and alpaca wool fabrics; in addition, there are strong processes in adult education, natural building and appropriate technologies. To these are added the important processes related to commercialization, such as the eco store El Wayruro Organico, and other partners and allies in Cayambe, La Esperanza, and Quito.
Tumbaco Valley is home to the national coordinatots of Seeds, Social Management and Technical Assistance, and the Council of the network.
Sierra Centro Node strong>
With work in the provinces of Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Bolivar. Among the processes to highlight are the Finca San Ramón Ilitio at the foot of Cotopaxi, which is also a rescue center for wild animals; gardebs of Fanny Baños and Fanny Cordoba in Ambato, oriented vegetables and medicinal plants; work with vegetables and andean animals by José Paucar in Chibuleo; and the formation of grain and vegetable seed growers started in 2016 with communities in Guangaje, Pelileo, Patate, Achupallas and Guaranda through an alliance with the Swissaid Foundation.
Austro Node strong>
Works in the southern part of the country, in the provinces of El Oro, Cañar, Azuay and Loja. Highlights include processes of the Piñas group, the group of Macara, the permaculture group of Vilcabamba and the alliance with the Madre Tierra group in Cuenca. The node works on fruit, vegetables and some grains. In Cuenca the work is oriented rather to social management, with some seed guardians in the countriside.
Amazon Node strong>
It includes all provinces of the Ecuadorian Amazon. To highlight the work of families related to the Clinica Ambiental network in the northern Amazon, orchards of the extended Mamallacta family in Archidona, and Salva Semilla project led by the Trianam Farm in Mera, Pastaza. The node is organizing the Amazon Permaculture Network.