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    Sisters Garden Plot

    Sisters Garden Plot

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    Sisters’ Garden Plot (SGP) seeks to achieve greater food sovereignty in South Korea by using a communal approach to the production and consumption of Korean agricultural products. The healthy, locally grown, seasonal produce that women peasants throughout the country harvest is sent directly to subscribers on a regular basis. Founded in March 2009, SGP believes in sustainable, organic farming, in protecting and preserving biodiversity, in safeguarding native seeds, and in realizing peasants’ rights. By operating on principles of food sovereignty, Korea’s women peasants not only can help protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions, but also ensure that food remains affordable to the general public.

    A significant moment in SGP’s history occurred in 2005, when women peasants started a public campaign to achieve greater unity among themselves. Around the same time, the Korean Women Peasants Association (KWPA) became a member of the biodiversity committee of La Via Campesina and initiated a campaign to protect and preserve native seeds. In 2008, the KWPA started a project called “Guardians of Food Sovereignty,” in collaboration with the Korean National Women’s Alliance. The latter boasts a broad membership that includes organizations consisting of women workers, women students, and communal women’s associations. Project participants studied concepts and principles of food sovereignty with consumers, took part in the campaign to protect and preserve native seeds, implemented principles of food sovereignty, and searched for other alternatives to unsustainable agricultural practices and policies.

    In each of the farming communities throughout the country, there are about 7-15 women producers, most of whom are Korean?but some have immigrated from the Philippines, China, and Vietnam. The cities in which they are based include: Heongsung, Hongcheon, Osan (Kangwon Province); Kimje, Gochang (N. Jolla Province); Sooncheon, Naju (S. Jolla Province); Sangju Bonggang, Geumso (N. Kyungsang Province); Hamahn, Gosung (S. Kyungsang Province); Seogwipo, Jeju (Jeju Isand). As a result of their efforts, women peasants in these communities take pride as women peasants and have achieved greater social recognition in their homes and villages.

    From March 2009, the Ministry of Employment and Labor has recognized SGP as a social enterprise and supported the salaries of its participants. The term of government support lasts for five years. SGP also receives membership fees from its members.

    Each SGP community prepares food packages every Tuesday and - with the exception of Naju and Hamahn communities, which deliver directly - uses a delivery service to send packages to consumers. Consumers receive their packages every Wednesday.