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A San Miguel Seed Bank as a Collective Effort

By Jon Sievert

Jennifer Ungemach discusses the wisdom and practice of seed saving as a reminder of the interdependent web of existence that binds our planet at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

UU Service
By Jennifer Ungemach
“A San Miguel Seed Bank as a Collective Effort”
Sun, Jun 21, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

In agriculture and gardening, seed saving (sometimes known as brownbagging) is the practice of saving seeds or other reproductive material (e.g., tubers) from vegetables, grain, herbs, and flowers for use from year to year for annuals and nuts, tree fruits, and berries for perennials and trees. This practice has become even more important in recent years as a way to protect and preserve our ecosystem from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that have been altered by genetic engineering so that the DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there. Jennifer will talk about how a seed library can create community around the preservation of seeds and knit our community together in special ways. She will also share the current efforts to create an active seed library here in San Miguel.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Jennifer graduated from Juniata College with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and completed her masters degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture in Havana, Cuba. She has lived more than a decade throughout Latin America, where she has been involved in various projects in sustainable development. A San Miguel de Allende resident for the last five years, Jennifer has been active in promoting local seed saving from the start. Currently, Jennifer acts as both the Development Director and Agricultural Lead for CATIS-Mexico, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable technologies.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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