Barefoot Seeds directly assists Tarahumara farmers by enabling them to grow native varieties of corn and bean seeds on their lands. We also provide basic tools and assistance with water resources, soil conservation, and land protection. 100% of all farm proceeds and donations go directly to building grassroots seed banks in the Tarahumara’s ancestral homelands.
We have spent many years with the Tarahumara, modeling our own farm after their practices. We have also built relationships with the people, enabling us to provide direct assistance to the Tarahumara farmers who need it most. Drought, logging, and soil erosion have made subsistence farming even more difficult for the Tarahumara, and many farmers lack the resources to continue growing their ancient varieties of corn. We provide the seeds and tools to enable Tarahumara to continue their traditional farming and running culture.