OUR PHILOSOPHY

  • AWARENESS

    The first step to making a change, is having the awareness that change is necessary. In this world, the norm is an inherent disconnection with our food source, dis-empowerment of entire populations through seed control and genetic manipulation. We must take an unbiased, fearless approach in becoming aware of the current systems in place.

    By becoming in tune with the state of our current food systems and theologies, we can begin our journey of breaking away from a world of SICK-ness to create a world WELL-being . As we look to the ways of our ancestors, we unlock our true potential as stewards of this land, honoring our birthright to bring and maintain balance in nature.

  • EDUCATION

    Once we become aware of our current paradigms of disconnection, we must have the appropriate tools to improve, expand and implement changes. Education is the means by which we reach awareness and strive for empowerment. By learning together, our potential for growth and understanding can be open, free and limitless.

  • EMPOWERMENT

    Through educated awareness of self, blossoms the strength of empowerment. This comes from within and generates outward. As we align with our inner truth, empowered by free-will choice, we can shape a new reality for ourselves. Every person has the power to change the world around them, one seed, one thought, one action, at a time.

  • ACTION

    Having an outlet for fully expressed, creative energy is vital to the process of change. Activism through urban agriculture and community involvement, will help us achieve our goal of raising food consciousness to critical mass. Strengthening communal relationships for the purpose of passionate, healthy, robust life attainable for everyone.

Why 100th seed?

A seed planted in fertile soil will grow and blossom. A thought planted in a fertile mind will do the same.

The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant. An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let’s further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.

THEN IT HAPPENED!

By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough! But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea…Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind. Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people. But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

From the book “The Hundredth Monkey” by Ken Keyes, Jr.