Projects

In addition to helping spread the KINS Network Strategy to conscious leaders throughout the world, we are actively engaged in the following projects to manifest a thriving planet.

KINSHIP Earth Ongoing Projects

Finca Sagrada Receives SEEDS Alliance Grant

Becoming a Multi-Cultural Global Model of Sustainability Circulating SEEDS Regenerative Currency 
 

KINSHIP Earth is a US-based non-profit co-founded by Stephen Gomes, Walter Moora and Susan Davis Moora. 

Susan and Walter are the owners of Finca Sagrada, the Sacred Land Farm, where they have established a multicultural learning program operated by KINSHIP Earth. 

In late 2020, we received grants from SEEDS Regenerative Currency to preserve and protect this sacred site for future generations, implement a local SEEDS ecovillage, and build a retreat center to hold educational programs. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finca Sagrada offers regenerative programs to reconnect people with Self, Community, Food and Nature.

To introduce Seeds to the local community in Ecuador, we started with the core KINS principle that “our strategy is generosity.”

KINS groups meet on a regular basis to support one another along their life destiny path. These trusted relationships form the foundation for community building and outreach.

We have been building a community garden and planting seeds of trust which are spreading throughout the community. 

Finca Sagrada Recognized as "Sacred Site" by the Kogi

Susan and Walter have already revitalized Finca Sagrada by creating a biodynamic farm and organic gardens on this special land which was recognized as an ancient sacred site by the world-renowned Indigenous Kogi Elders. After several visits, the Kogi instructed Susan and Walter to build a replica of their 
“House of Original Thought” on the property as a spiritual center.

 

The Kogi people are one of the few remaining Indigenous tribes that has never been colonialized by invading regimes. They still maintain their ancient traditions. When the “House of Original Thought” was first built on Finca Sagrada, they blessed it with a flame and instructed Susan and Walter to never let it go out.

Mother Earth Restoration Retreat with the Kogi Mamos

Four Day Special Event — September 7 – 10, 2021

This four-day retreat set the stage for our Regenerative Ecovillage Pilot Program (see below), which launched on September 10, 2021. Coordinated by Walter Moora, the revered Kogi Mamos (“mamo” is the Kogi word for Spiritual Leader) led an interactive, experiential “workshop” at Finca Sagrada (with multiple language translations between Kogi, Quechua, Spanish and English). The focus was on restoring the balance of Nature and specifically the waters the bioregion.

To learn more about the Kogi, we recommend these references:

Upper Catamayo River Watershed Regeneration Project

Finca Sagrada received a grant from SEEDS Regenerative Currency to spread Seeds and help restore the Upper Catamayo Watershed in Ecuador. 

 

The upper Catamayo River Watershed area is located in the sierras of Loja province, Ecuador, and includes the main valleys of Malacatos, Vilcabamba, Quinara and all the waters that flow into these basins.

This area lies within the 2.6 million acre El Condor Bio Reserve that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1976.

 
 
 
 

In the last few years, a collaboration of local and foreign citizens has come together to create a plan to regenerate the watershed area. 

This project is spearheaded by Walter Moora, head of Finca Sagrada, and Nancy Hilgert, Conservation Biologist and Water Keeper.

To make this dream possible, our area was gifted with 617,000 SEEDS crypto currency in late 2020.

 
 
 

KINSHIP Earth Receives SEEDS Grant for KINS Alumni Outreach

In 2021, KINSHIP Earth received a grant to introduce the SEEDS ecosystem (cryptocurrency tokens and regenerative movement) to our existing network of approximately 400 trusted sustainability leaders, many of whom are now community elders who have been working behind the scenes in the Regenerative Renaissance movement their entire lives.

Our vast network of vetted, heart-based, sustainability leaders share one thing in common: they have participated in one more “KINS” groups (Key Innovator Network Strategy), created by Susan Davis Moora, affectionately known as the “Godmother of Social Investing.” 

We anticipate that these servant leaders are uniquely qualified to help us amplify the rollout of SEEDS through their extensive relationships in the sustainability community. Their wisdom, insight, relationships, and community will add exponential value to our growing movement. 

We are currently launching our outreach campaign and look forward to planting Seeds tokens with our alumni as part of our program. 

Ecovillage Regeneration Pilot Program

A collaboration between Finca Sagrada, SEEDS, The Global Transformation Corps (GTC), the Watershed Wisdom Council, and KINSHIP Earth

In September 2021, a coalition of individuals and organizations (Finca Sagrada, SEEDS, The Global Transformation Corps (GTC), the Watershed Wisdom Council, and KINSHIP Earth) came together to explore the viability of launching an Ecovillage Regeneration Pilot Project in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Contributors from various parts of the United States and local participants in Vilcabamba arrived at Madre Tierra resort and conference center on September 9th.  The group attended the final day of the Mother Earth Restoration Retreat with the Kogi Mamos on September 10th. 

The leadership group for the pilot project in Vilcabamba included Susan and Walter, Dr. Stephen L. Gomes, Nancy Hilgert, Lauren Archer, Ilona van der Hagen, and Ella Feathers, with contributions by Lucas Dreier, Holly McCann, Mitchell Rabin, and Pete Weaver. Spanish interpretation was lovingly contributed by Beatriz Benavides Hilgert and Paul Albornoz.

The Global Transformation Corps (GTC) Introduces  “VBID” Training

SEEDS Regenerative Currency sponsored the Global Transformation Corps to take a key role in this pilot program. GTC delivers values-based, impact driven (VBID) entrepreneurial skills training to young entrepreneurs. 

For this Pilot Program, we used the KINS method of collaboration between key individuals and groups to establish trust. The GTC team provided opportunities for participants to engage in ways that express their core values and create meaningful impact. Our objective for the week was to assess the overall program viability, determine needs, and develop the necessary infrastructure. 

We see small businesses as essential to creating a vibrant self-sustaining watershed area. For instance, if a farmer grows tomatoes, he or she can increase the value by making and selling salsa. If hemp is grown then it can be processed into fiber and made into fine clothing. 

Our intention is to build a successful model for other sustainability projects around the world.

Dr. Stephen Gomes shared an interactive educational presentation that informed local particpants about the difference between FIAT currency and Seeds Regenerative Currency.
Ilona van der Hagen and Ella Feathers, on behalf of the Global Transformation Corps (GTC), spent quality time with Entrepreneurial Candidates in Vilcabamba to discuss how their unique values and talents can contribute to the emerging "Regenerative Ecovillage" and explored how to create win/win/win opportunities.
Nancy Hilgert de Benavides, Conservation Biologist and Water Keeper, led a dynamic session on how to identify problems in the local watershed, inviting participants to work together in KINS groups to develop sustainable solutions.
This Pilot Program earned the trust and engagement of 36 people during the event, and an additional 60+ are on the wait list.
Measurable Results: People have come together with a shared vision to restore the Upper Catamayo River Watershed and cocreate a Pilot EcoVillage Regeneration Project. We will share our knowledge, tools, and resources with others in our local and global community as we embrace the systems changes that empower this bioregion to be sustainable and regenerative.
Project Next Steps: Continue to collaborate using the KINS method to identify resources, provide support, and nurture the seeds that have been planted at our Pilot Program launch with the goal of establishing a thriving Regenerative EcoVillage.

As the SEEDS crypto tokens gain value over the coming two years (estimated to increase to $1 per token), they will help finance many of our local and farm projects.  In addition, they will be used as a local currency that will help keep vital resources within our area and create a vibrant economy.

With the advantage of genuine cross-cultural relationships that have now been established, true collaboration is possible.  The abundant resources of the area can be regenerated to create an environment that is both healthy and financially viable for all its inhabitants. We are visioning a plan now that is based around regenerative agriculture and sustainable development.

 
 

A Brief History of the Bioregion

 
 

The valleys of the watershed area in the southern province of Loja, Ecuador have very similar topography, climate and agricultural practices. The surrounding hills are traditionally used for grazing and the valleys are cultivated for corn, beans, tomatoes and sugar cane on the more fertile land. Sometimes one can still find the traditional huertas which are highly diversified with fruit trees, yucca, zanahoria blanca, medicinal herbs, coffee and the usual corn and beans. 

Over the years, however, more and more trees have disappeared from the valleys and surrounding mountains, as chemical practices are used extensively. On the marginal land, slash-and-burn farming is used, destroying the crucial soil nutrients.  This method of farming is understandable!  It does put food on the table for the coming year and, for the bigger land holders, the cash crops such as sugar cane and tomatoes can be quite lucrative. 

 

 
 
 
 

These practices have led to decreased fertility and a reliance on fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to maintain productivity. Traditional farm knowledge is being lost. These valleys were once known for longevity and good living but, for the younger generation, this is no longer the case. 

Sadly, this trend has led to the reliance on outside inputs and human self-reliance is a thing of the past. This is not only the situation for the farmers but the townships of the valleys as well.  Most food is imported, channeled through big corporations.  

When the covid virus appeared in early 2020 many of these problems were exasperated. Many families could not afford to buy food and other problems surfaced. This led to a greater awareness of our vulnerability to a reliance on outside inputs. 

Out of this vulnerability, many new projects arose within Vilcabamba and the surrounding communities that are identified below.

 
 

Several of the Vilcabamba barrios started community gardens after identifying where people could plant them. In most cases, funding was provided for things like irrigation, seeds and training by local residents.  People provide their time for free and these gardens will make communities more resilient and provide a healthier diet.Accordion Content

 
 

The municipio provided a place where worm composting could take place.  This project was taken on by our thriving organic market.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Every Saturday morning there is a thriving organic market organized by locals and a few key foreigners.  This has provided a place where the organic growers can sell their produce and make a better living than selling at non-organic prices.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There are several tree planting projects. In 2020, hundreds of  trees were planted by volunteers. Much of this work involves raising peoples’ awareness to the need for planting trees. In the past, it was possible to get free trees from the government but this source seems to have dried up. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A group of women has created an herb cooperative and have created a rich supply of herbs. Working together as cooperative enables them to enhance their marketing capabilities.

When the Covid virus hit and people were not allowed to leave their homes, many people were out of food. Through the generosity of community members, it was possible to distribute more than a thousand bags of food per week!

Vilcabamba has a group of volunteers, mainly younger folks, who get together most Saturday mornings to clean and fix public paths in the area.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With the help of SEEDS Regenerative Currency, these projects can be supported and expanded.

In addition we wish to add the following projects:

Holistic land management. This is geared to farmers who own larger tracts of land.

  • Diversify farm production with new high-value crops. Examples could be hemp, chia, new varieties of fruit trees, polonia trees etc.
  • Develop a brand name for Vilcabamba-grown organic, including coffee, sugar cane products and other non-traditional crops.
  • Educate and demonstrate that slash-and-burn is not necessary with the use of green manures and rotation of crops.
  • Encourage reforestation in appropriate places.
  • Introduce Bio-char manufacture.
  • Organize cattle farmers to practice rotational grazing communally,  thereby increasing profitability and soil fertility.

Other projects

  • Encourage and fund school gardens.
  • Support back yard gardens.
  • Start a tree nursery.
  • Plant fruit trees in public places such as foot paths along the rivers.

With the help of SEEDS tokens we will:

  • Encourage regenerative agriculture.
  • Discover and develop new crops appropriate for this area.
  • Encourage value-added businesses for local production.
  • Educate people about good nutrition that is based on the local food supply.
  • Protect the rivers and streams through reforestation and controlled grazing where appropriate.
  • Use permaculture landscape design methods.
  • Use indigenous sacred water regeneration technology through ceremony and the use of crystals.
  • Create a vibrant self-sufficient economy.
  • Use SEEDS to encourage and support a local economy. 
 
 
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