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Who We Area

Who We Are

Sheera Duerigen and Joaquín Estrada created Alma Semillera (originally named Tortillas de la Tierra) in 2013.

Joaquín is originally from Guatemala. He grew heirloom corn and worked on his family ranch growing up. He believes one of the greatest pleasures in life is eating a fantastic meal, and a meal for him isn't complete without fresh tortillas.

Sheera is first-generation and multiracial. Her mother is from Hong Kong and her father is from Germany. She was inspired by Joaquín to learn about Mesoamerican cuisine and its long, rich history. She's passionate about cultural revitalization and preservation, social justice, ecological agriculture, and making the world a better place.