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OEFFA Conference 2015 February 14-15, 2015

We are honored to present at the Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. We will give presentations on “An Introduction to the Soil Food Web” and “Introduction to Seed Saving” on Sunday February 15th. Join us!

For more details click here.



Soil Food Web Workshop June 13th-15th, 2014

Imagine if you could grow anything you wanted with the soil in your own backyard? Imagine if you could use less water, produce more biomass that is immune to pests, and build fertile soil with less costly inputs. Attend our Soil Food Web workshop hosted by TreeYo Permaculture  and learn practical, inexpensive soil building strategies which will empower you with the knowledge to

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Whether you’re growing in planters or backyards, understanding the Soil Food Web is a critical component to unlocking the yield barrier, allowing your gardens to thrive beautifully, while eliminating disease and pests.

Learn to create a sustainable nutrient base for your garden of abundance. Workshop will cover a variety of successful soil building tactics from the traditional compost pile, to compost teas, using dynamic plants and herbs, and encouraging mycorrhizal colonization. We’ll focus on becoming familiar with the various microorganisms which make-up the soil food web, how to quickly establish microbial biodiversity and build healthy soil which will cycle nutrients for years to come!

Course participants will learn all the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn how to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

“…a great shift in human consciousness has come about because many individuals have begun to realize that although they may not be able to fully change the world as a whole, they can change the way they do things in their own lives. Raising food in a gentle and conscious manner is one of these changes which has made a difference. Being disconnected from our food base has separated us from the soil and the life of the Earth. Producing food from a small area is a strengthening, slowing-down process–a way of tuning in to the Earth’s needs as we meet our own. We put life into the soil, and the soil enriches our lives.” ~ John Jeavons
We’ll also be discussing our experiences utilizing ecosystem-based approaches to improve food security and climate resilience in India & East Africa. Join us!









Navdanya A to Z of Organic Agriculture Course

The Hummingbird Project will be teaching at this event from September 1st-September 30th, 2014 in Dehradun, India.

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The Navdanya A to Z of Organic Agriculture Course is a month long course addressing Living Seed, Living Soil, and Living Food through a practical, intellectual, and holistic understanding of organic farming at Earth University (Bija Vidyapeeth) on the biodiverse Navdanya farm in Dehradun, India. The curriculum includes the basics of organic farming, soil science, seed science, and global food and farming politics. Students will complete the course certified in the Navdanya method of organic farming with a deep understanding of ecological biodiversity and Earth Democracy. The Hummingbird Project is honored to again be facilitating and teaching the upcoming A to Z of Organic Agriculture course at Navdanya. Registration is required, please register today!


Come Have a Beer With Us At Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City!

Join OEFFA’s Lake Effect Chapter on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 and learn about our sustainable agriculture projects in India and East Africa. We will also announce a new project which we are working on in the Cleveland area and would love your feedback!


Join us on Monday May 13th, 2013 at Johnny Mango in Ohio City and 20% of your purchases will be donated to our project.

Please help support The Hummingbird Project by Dining at Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Ohio City between 10am-10pm on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Johnny Mango will donate 20% of proceeds to THP, but only if you bring this flyer! Just print the flyer and present it to your server to enjoy great food and support us in the process! Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 13th!

Come Celebrate International Permaculture Day With Us! 


In celebration of International Permaculture Day on May 5th, 2013, The Hummingbird Project (THP) is hosting a permablitz! Come learn about ‘permablitzes’ ~ what they are and how they can help empower communities to design & implement backyard food production systems which create resiliency and build self-sufficiency. We will start with an Introduction to Permaculture, and then walk the grounds of a suburban permaculture design implemented by THP last year. We will discuss the site, observe the patterns, and talk about the challenges, rewards and future projects. Participants will learn about:

• Rainwater Harvesting
• Edible Forest Garden Design
• Perennial Polycultures
• Soil Building Strategies
• Composting

Come celebrate International Permaculture Day with us and be in solidarity with others around the globe as we all strive to be better stewards of our planet!


Join us on Sunday April 21st, 2013 for “Do the Math”

“Do the Math”, a new documentary on climate change which will debut around the world on Sunday, April 21st at 7 p.m. The movie premiere is part of “Earth Night,” a organized evening of film and discussion held around the globe on the evening of Earth Day. Concerned about climate change? Watch this inspiring film to learn what YOU can do to be a part of the solution! The film features’s 2012 nationwide tour, the latest dispatches from leaders in the fight to stop Keystone XL, and the campaign to divest from fossil fuels. works to build a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. The organization has been a leader in raising awareness of climate change and fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline with people power.

THP Executive Director to Give Speech at CWRU WISER Dinner

The Hummingbird Project’s Executive Director, Marilyn McHugh, to speak at upcoming Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) annual fundraiser on April 3rd, 2013. The dinner is being sponsored by CWRU’s Women In Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) and is a fundraiser for WISER’s adopted and underprivileged public school in Bangalore, India. The group collaborates with a non-profit organization called Soujanya Sevashrama (SEVA), meaning ‘service’ in Sanskrit. WISER’s goal is to generate a scholarship fund for two girls pursuing a degree in engineering, science or medicine.  To learn more about the SEVA international outreach initiative click here



The Hummingbird Project to Teach at 2nd Annual Permaculture Design Course at Solid Ground Farm in Athens, OH


Permaculture was developed by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren and aims to teach the principles and foundations of sustainable design. The Hummingbird Project will share their knowledge of the soil food web and how to cultivate a living soil as part of the second week-end of a seven week-end long permaculture design course (PDC). For more information about the PDC or to register for the course, please contact Weston Lombard at Solid Ground Farm.