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The Hummingbird Project
The Hummingbird Project
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Cleveland, OH, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Jason Liechti Jyoti Deshpande Mark Brown Sarvesvara Dasa Thomas Sommer Vinit Rathod
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The Hummingbird Project

Project Type

Urban, Rural, Residential, Community, School Projects, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The primary purpose of the Hummingbird Project is to create sustainable systems using permaculture principles that enhance and benefit communities by educating and empowering individuals to improve quality of life and foster stewardship of the earth.

Project Description

The Hummingbird Project empowers communities devastated by industrialized, chemical farming practices to regain control over their food supply. We provide educational instruction that is fun, simple, and effective so that our students can implement and replicate the sustainable farming practices they learn. In so doing, we support a new generation of farmers as they end the cycle of poverty and rebuild their communities— one farm and one family at a time.

Hummingbird History
The husband and wife team that co-founded THP—Chris Kennedy and Marilyn McHugh—are a dynamic duo with the perfect combination of experience; Chris is a schoolteacher and Marilyn is a biologist. They can be found digging in the dirt side-by-side in East Africa, India, and throughout the United States, where they lead an ongoing series of successful permaculture training courses.

In 2010, the newlyweds left their jobs to take a yearlong ‘round-the-world honeymoon. Halfway through the trip, in East Africa, their lives were changed forever after they volunteered on several development projects and discovered a passion for service. Since then, they have been devoted to assisting and empowering individuals in resource poor locales. In 2012 The Hummingbird Project was officially granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status in the United States.


Building An Earthship & Community

A reflection on our recent visit to Higher Elevation Permaculture Center in Driggs, Idaho: you will not only learn about permaculture, natural building and how to build an Earthship, but more importantly–> Community!

Posted almost 11 years ago (2 comments)

Cleveland Seed Bank, Ohio (Summer 2013)

We will offer educational activities, seed saving workshops, seed swaps, and outreach to preserve the vital resource of local seed for our community.

Posted about 11 years ago (3 comments)

Biogas Digesters, India (2013)

Biogas digesters— an investment requiring minimal financial input and education— will have dramatic impact on the quality of life of India's rural subsistence farmers.

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Living Soil Saves Lives, India (Fall-Winter 2012-13)

Based on the tremendous success of the first Living Soil training, THP returned to India to establish additional soil labs in the suicide belt.

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Living Soil Educational Courses, India (Winter 2011-12)

The Hummingbird Project first took root as an educational outreach program to teach Indian farmers about the importance of healthy, living soil after we learned that suicides claimed the lives of at least 17,368 farmers in 2009.

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Daraja Academy Permaculture Project, Kenya (Summer 2010)

THP led a variety of permaculture classes to teach schoolgirls how to improve access to clean water, improve soil fertility, and increase the amount of food grown on campus.

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Rooftop Garden, New York City (Spring 2013)

THP embraces the changing of the seasons by installing a permaculture rooftop garden at the popular Hourglass Tavern in Hell's Kitchen.

Posted about 11 years ago (1 comments)
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Urban Rural Residential Community School Aid Demonstration Educational
Eileen Mello - Admin Marilyn McHugh - Admin
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Theron Beaudreau - Garden Manager 2015 season

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