Programs

  • Local Seed Inventory Project

    Local Seed Inventory Project

    Creating a publicly available inventory of existing “local” seeds, with seed classification for food, medicinal, cultural and environmental purposes. Identification and evaluation of common and “under threat of extinction” varieties. On-going and continuous updating.

  • Planting & Seed Saving Program

    Planting & Seed Saving Program

    Developing organic, open-pollinated (OOP) seed producing centers in Bali with better skilled local small scale farmers.

  • Seed Distribution Program

    Seed Distribution Program

    Creating an on-line database of available OOP seed (for trade or sale). Marketing and distributing OOP seeds for home, school, community and small scale organic food producers in Bali or neighboring areas.

  • Seed Adaptation & Innovation Program

    Seed Adaptation & Innovation Program

    Through practices of Participatory Plant Breeding, encouraging an improved local plant breeding program through closer farmer – scientist collaboration to bring about plant genetic improvement. The goal of the program is to increase production, variety and marketability of local food crops through improved varieties.

  • Seed Saving Workshops

    Seed Saving Workshops

    Providing workshops for small scale farmers, schools, communities, and special children & adult programs.

  • Grow Your Own Dinner

    Grow Your Own Dinner

    Workshops & training programs for encouraging more home, school and community gardens, and the pleasures & good practices of “field to table” dining.

  • Festival of Millets

    Festival of Millets

    Cultivating alternative grains in Bali for cooking & baking to reduce dependency on rice and imported wheat. Encouraging new plantings of a wide variety of millet and sorghum in drier marginal areas of Bali using local seed stock from Bali, neighboring islands, along with new introduced OOP varieties.

Upcoming Events

  • Sorghum Sampling

    Sorghum SamplingDate & venue to be announced soon

    As a pre-event to the 2015 Festival of Millet, come join BENIH BALI’s food tasting of a range of recipes using locally grown sorghum. Learn about the versatility of sorghum as a substitute for rice and wheat products, including its impressive nutritional content.

  • “Save Your Seeds” Workshop

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Seed Stories

  • Dr Vandana Shiva Inspires BENIH BALI Programby Mary Jane Edleson

    Dr Vandana Shiva Inspires BENIH BALI Program

    In August, Dr Vandana Shiva visited Jakarta, east Java and Bali, inspiring large audiences on the importance of our endless fight for seed freedom. Under a program entitled OUR SEEDS, OUR FUTURE: Strengthening Indonesia’s Food Sovereignty, several non-profit organizations, including Mantasa, Slow Food Bali and IDEP Foundation, collaborated to develop a special program in Bali. Besides making a powerful presentation at a Celebration Dinner and Seminar in Bali, Vandana Shiva visited the Greenschool and had a chance to tour the UNESCO living cultural rice producing area of Jatiluwih.

  • Call to Action: Local Seed!

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