Growing on the Land: Native Seeds

Indigenous wisdom is literally embodied in Native seeds that are being threatened by corporate agriculture’s transgenic seeds and chemical pesticides at a time that Indigenous ways of growing healthy food in partnership with Nature to maintain healthy soil are being lost. Indigena is partnering with women from Lakota, Dakota, North Nakota Sioux Nations, Kogi Traditional Authorities of Gonawindua and the Lacandon Maya to protect and preserve this knowledge of food systems and teach girls these traditional pathways by establishing Seed Gardens and Seed Banks.

Native Seed Gardens: Young girls and Elders plant and gather Native non-GMO heritage seed crops and living medicines that can become food and health resources as well as future income streams.

Native Seed Banks: Because seeds constitute Native knowledge and carry genetic material of Indigenous culture and tradition, open source Seed Banks are essential resources and points of connection for alliance and community building and economy.

Garet Field-Sells

For over a decade, Garet's creative design, branding, and strategy career spans over interactive, print, technology, film and fashion for some of the world’s leading brands. Fusing contemporary business solutions with innovative ideas, Garet inspires entrepreneurs, start ups, small and large teams to conceptualize and deliver ingenious results. Based in Los Angeles, California – Garet has worked as a creative director overseeing big-picture projects from concept to launch with Paramount Pictures, EMI Music, Virgin Music, Helmut Lang, Converse, IBM, Ford, Canal+, HP, The Ritz Carlton and the U.S.' premiere plant-based culinary empire, Matthew Kenney Cuisine. As a marketing and business strategy consultant, Garet's regional work with Apple, Nike, and Equinox – alongside TBWA/Chiat/Day's creative team – helped form his approach to lean business models with simplicity, celebrating honest and compelling visceral experiences. Co-founder of Installation Media – Garet built groundbreaking platforms and interactive experiences for art institutions around the world, collaborating with The Getty, LACMA, MoMa, MOCA, The Barbican Centre, Tate, The Armory Show, Volta and the internationally regarded Southern California Institute of Architecture. As a producer, content creator, art director and multi-media specialist, he lead partnerships with BMW, Ruinart, Cadillac and Barney New York.