Sacred Seeds leader Rafael Ocampo explains the motivations and methods...
We accomplish this through living gardens containing locally important plants, focusing on medicinals but including those of ceremonial, food, and craft value.
We explore every avenue to preserve diverse ecosystems, threatened traditions, and communities that recognize the valuable asset of their plant knowledge. We work hand-in-hand with the local people to determine if and how a Sacred Seeds sanctuary would effectively promote their traditions and conservation of their plants. We enlist the expertise, unique skills and resources of the community and together we create useful, pragmatic, sustainable solutions.
We strive to make all of our Sacred Seeds sanctuaries thriving productive gardens, to the benefit of the communities involved, the plants grown, and the world at large. We innovate and adapt as we gain experience from our gardens, and share this experience with the world.
Sacred Seeds is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization administered by the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden.