AMMAR Seeds is a not-for profit 501 c3 organization based in California in partnership with Academia In Vivo in Europe.
Ammar Seeds diffuses knowledge and awareness of the interconnections between soil, plants, life on earth and the food we cook and eat. Our project passionately believes in the power of co-creation and the transmission of wisdom. We organize encounters bringing people together around food, stories, and contact with the land to ingrain an agri-culture of survival.
The soil here is an interface for dialogue. Plants carry stories and identities intertwined with traditional knowledge, local sharing and mutual assistance networks. They are also about resistance, evolution, adaptation and regeneration. By understanding how food shapes relationships through old and new rituals and cultural expression, we seek to cultivate and integrate connections through the arts, nurturing the creativity of youth and future generations. A precious legacy handed down from generation to generation, evoking nature and culture.
Evolution is about collaboration rather than competition, and Ammar Seeds is a project merging ancestral knowledge and contemporary innovation.
We are guided by the concept of "bem viver", Portuguese for "living well”. Our gatherings and the recording of the received stories that unfold are always celebrated with a collective meal, prepared only with locally grown products and recipes that are stories in themselves. The power of a simple meal fires the imagination, spreads joy, and opens the heart to exchange with others.
The creation of Ammar Seeds was born from an enthusiastic meeting between Marine d'Aboville and Samantha de Lucena Caldato, a discussion around themes related to seeds and their importance for our lives. Both innovators have always thought of their teaching and artistic skills (Visual Arts, Ceramics, Music) as a caring contribution in service to very diverse human communities, with the intention of making visible who take care of the earth and of her bountiful fruits. Very quickly the group was enriched by the skills of Enrico Clarelli (Storyteller and Production/Artistic Director), Caroline Lockhart (Coordinator/Convenor) and Mahtab Mansour (Artistic Director). The team is composed of people with rich histories and professional backgrounds from different culture: Brazil, Persia, Italy, England, United States, France, India ....
The leitmotiv of Ammar Seeds is Transmission.
Our project is about saving the oral heritage on seeds and nourishment.
Samantha de Lucena Caldato - Marine d'Aboville - Caroline Lockhart - Enrico Clarelli - Mahtab Mansour
Ana Fortes - Bela Gil - Christiane Botbol - Idanna Pucci - Monique Maion - Terence Ward - Stephanie Waggoner
Academie INVIVO - ANARfilm Production - Ari Moskowitz - Ilana Paterman Brasil - Fondation Jeanne Moreau - Jardin de Brantes - Navdanya International - Penelope Spica - Vivi Nabas