We're a revolution!
Although a vast majority of our customers may only know us as a seed company, the reality is we are actually a revolution. After years of tireless work for our indigenous rights, environmental protections, food and health security and more, we decided to develop a Benefit Corp/seed store to help fund the work of our people, our tribes, and our fellow Native Seedkeepers. It’s very hard work, and we’re still building the foundation. With every purchase that you make, you bring us closer to achieving our own self determination.
The Alliance of Native Seedkeepers seeks out a future where indigenous peoples may live with the security of food, health, culture, environment, unity, and justice.
We redevelop the spiritual bonds our people have with the seeds which in return teaches us how to become more environmentally, culturally, economically, and health conscious.
Fix Cain first discovered his love for agriculture as a child while spending his summers at a relatives home just outside the village of Burgaw North Carolina. He remembers the several mile long dirt road he had to take before he made it to his aunt's home just on the river. Along this dirt road were large blueberry farms, Quaker get-aways, a woodsman that lived amongst the endless lush forest and its life. However the one thing Fix remembers the most was a farmer named Pinkney who lived in his old barn with a pot-bellied pig. Pinkney wasn't very productive in his old age, but he was always humble and smiling as though he was the wealthiest farmer in the world. It wasn't until 23 years later did Fix realize how much of an impression this hermit farmer would have had on his life.
However Pinkney wasn't the only person to leave an impression on Fix Cain. He recalls the memories of his great aunts gardens where white corn grew and fingers were sore from shelling peas and beans. He remembers the sense of community and love during those times. He remembers the stories of his grandmother and her sisters that were never spoken of outside of this time. Years later when a question came up at a tribal meeting as to how to best help their people, these memories helped spear point the revitalization of one of the most important aspects of his culture. "Why don't we grow our own seeds and feed each other?" This question would soon lead the many stepping stones and connections that would soon become the Alliance of Native Seedkeepers.