Barefoot Seeds helps the indigenous Tarahumara people grow native corn and bean seeds that are adapted to their soils and climate. These seeds are storied in community-owned seed banks for future use and distributed at running festivals.
Growing corn is an essential part of Tarahumara cultural and subsistence. The acnestral landraces of corn grown in the Sierra Tarahumara have adapted over centuries to withstand drought and challenging climate. Unfortunately, many of these ancestral corn varieties are being lost, and many Tarahumara are going hungry. Barefoot Seeds helps Tarahumara communities build seed banks and grow native corn seeds to provide long-term food security and seed viability.