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Amaterra is a not-for-profit charitable organization that emphasizes community and the intrinsic value of the Earth. Our "micro grants"support education and research projects that focus on the preservation and improvement of our natural resources.
SEED CLIPPER CLEANER
During 2014 Amaterra is assisting in the purchase of a seed cleaner to make seed processing more efficient and to provide higher quality seed. Also we are supporting the improvement of water and energy conservation on the NSS Farm.
In 2014 a $5000 grant from Amaterra was given to support the work of apiarist Britt Hopper who teaches grade school classes about the importance of bees and the danger of honey bee colony collapse ("Bees 101") as he has done for hundreds of children in schools all over south-central Kansas.
2012-13 a $1000 grant from Amaterra has been provided to Peace Corps Volunteers (PVSs) for a program empowering young women in Zambia, Africa. The program focuses on 8th grade school students.
In 2013 Amaterra has provided a $1000 micro-grant to support Camp E.L.I.T.E., a leadership and empowerment program designed for young men aged 14-18. The camp focuses on eighth grade students in Zambia.
During 2012-2013 Amaterra has funded a $1,000 grant to the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve and Garden, located in Yachats, Oregon.
In 2012 we gave a $1000 grant to Native Seeds Search to pay for two months of curriculum development for their national Seed School.
Our Gallery, "Earthcare", contains a collection of essays, poetry, graphic arts and links to other sites that have expanded our knowledge, caught our eye, caused us to think, and connected us to others over the years. These selections, from our our journal "Earthcare" were published from 1982 to 2009. We hope you enjoy.
In 2014 Amaterra has provided a grant of $1000 for the Children's Library program to create and offer a weekend children's program in conjunction with the local adult community celebration of Earth Day 2015. This grant will also enable the library programs to expand the children's envolvement with wider community resources.
In 2014 Amaterra has provided a $1000 micro-grant that has been doubled, due matching funds, to Watershed Management Group, a Tucson based organization.
$1000 for the production of the Seed Diaries; a project telling the stories of a sampling of 25 seeds from the NSS curated collection. Seeds and plant materials were photographed and sent along with information on each seed—origin, use, cultural importance, etc., to a university class of art students who contributed their talents to better tell the multi-layered story of seeds.
Maize agriculture, its socio-cultural context, and the role of traditional knowledge is a special interest of Amaterra. During 2012-13 several maize project grants were given to improve and preserve the health, economy, and social well-being of families and communities.
In 2012-13 Amaterra provided $1000.00 to support the ZEROwaste project in Albuquerque, NM. The project introduces waste reduction and management concepts to participants at local community growers' market.
This project uses giant sea life sculpture made entirely of marine debris to teach children and adults how to help save our seas. A $1000 grant in 2013, arranged by Board member Joe Swaffar, helps develop educational materials for the classroom. (Note PDF file below is 3meg but well worth the download time.)