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Community, culture, and seeds: Seed sovereignty and Second Generation Seeds grower collective

Feb 1, 2023 - 3:20 PM
to Feb 1, 2023 - 5:10 PM
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The Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture invites you to join us for:

"Community, culture, and seeds: Seed sovereignty and Second Generation Seeds grower collective"


Kellee Matsushita-Tseng



Kellee will be sharing about her work with Second Generation Seeds, a national collective of Asian American farmers that works to preserve and steward seeds significant to the Asian diaspora. Kellee will be sharing this within the context of building community based movements for seed sovereignty, understanding how seed has been systematically removed from communities, how these patterns continue today, and how to support people to develop skills to disrupt these patterns, to resist erasure of cultural identity, memory, and to better support community health.


Kellee is a Yonsei, 4th generation queer japanese-chinese american, living and farming on unceded territory of the Awas-was speaking Uypi-tribe. Kellee’s work focuses on building seed sovereignty as a means of cultivating community power and platform for working towards collective liberation. Kellee works with a collective of AAPI farmers and organizers across the West Coast, called Second Generation Seeds, which focuses on preserving, improving and breeding crops significant to Asian American communities and is co-founder of Bitter Cotyledons, a group dedicated to uplifting and bringing queer AAPI community together through building community through land stewardship, growing Asian vegetables, sharing and preserving ancestral culinary and cultural traditions. 

Community, culture, and seeds poster