Our Roots

the foundation of our work and the people Guiding and driving our programs and advocacies

“The Earth has music for those who listen.”



~ William Shakespeare

Sweetie Cañedo-Maurillo

A passionate nature advocate with roots in a rural upbringing where nature’s raw essence shaped my childhood. From a young age, gardening and collecting seeds became a cherished hobby, sparking a lifelong fascination with the growth cycle of plants.
These childhood experiences left an indelible mark, fueling my commitment to preserving nature. As an advocate, I joined like-minded organizations, focused on promoting the planting of native trees as a key solution to climate change.
Beyond my love for nature, I proudly wear the hat of a Chef, dedicated to showcasing Filipino cuisine globally. My association with farmers through these organizations allow me to spotlight naturally-farmed, locally adapted produce especially the heirloom varieties, adding a unique touch to our culinary heritage.
Now working with Global Seed Savers, I find joy in being closer to the stewards of the land – the farmers. As a Chef, I emphasized their crucial role in the food system, recognizing that without them, the world would go hungry.

Philippines Address

Our local staff work remotely
from various parts of the Philippines (Benguet, Cebu).
 To contact our Philippines team, fill up this contact form.

US Address

Located at
The Posner Center
for International Development

1031 33rd Street, Ste. 174
Denver, CO 80205

Our US offices are based in Denver, Colorado, which is the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho and 48 other Indigenous Tribes and Nations who call Colorado home. They are the original Stewards of this stolen land and it is because of their successes and continued hardships that we are able to engage in our collective work of restoring the indigenous practice of saving seeds.