Formed in 2021, UJAMAA SEEDS is a fundraising project of the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance (UCFA). Ujamaa, a Swahili word, literally means 'extended family'. As the fourth principle of Kwanzaa, ujamaa means 'cooperative economics'. This principle tasks us to build our own businesses, and control the economics of our communities.
UCFA recognizes the need for increased diversity in farming in general, and diversity in the $15 billion dollar U.S. seed industry in particular. We are committed to providing increased opportunities and support for growers from historically marginalized communities. To this end, the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance is working to bridge the gap between prospective growers and seed companies.
THE UCFA ADMIN TEAM
- Increasing access to culturally meaningful seeds.
- We help communities to reinvest in their cultural and agricultural legacies by making it easier to grow, harvest, and sell culturally-meaningful produce and seeds, one farmer at a time.
- We believe that the localized production and access to affordable, healthy, culturally-meaningful foods is an act of transformation.
- We believe that agrobiodiversity is a necessary companion element to promoting sustainable agriculture, crop diversity, and adds to climate crisis mitigation.