Kellee is a Yonsei, 4th gen queer japanese-chinese american, living and farming on unceded territory of the Awas-was speaking Uypi-tribe, currently stewarded by the Amah Mutsun tribal band. Kellee’s work focuses on building seed sovereignty as a means of cultivating community power and platform for working towards collective liberation. Kellee works with a collective of API farmers and organizers across the West Coast, called Second Generation Seeds, which focuses on preserving, improving and breeding crops significant to Asian American communities. Kellee has over a decade of experience working in community, with a background in anti-penalty work, youth empowerment, worker rights organizing and community education, and then organizing with the Farmers of the Global Majority Collective. Kellee is currently working as the assistant manager of the farm garden at the UCSC CASFS Farm and Garden, serves on the board of directors at the National Young Farmers Coalition, and organizes with the Asian American Farmers Alliance.
Second Generation Seeds