Native American Seed Sanctuary Harvest

In early November, the Farm Hub celebrated the first harvest of its Native American Seed Sanctuary. The activities included a ceremony at the Seed Sanctuary in preparation for the harvest of the Mohawk Red Bread Corn. The squash, beans, and sunflowers that had been picked at the end of October were then brought to the Farm Hub for seed harvesting. Participants included the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of northern New York, the Hudson Valley Seed Company, and Mohawk seed keeper and educator Rowen White.

During the workshop, Farm Hub staff, field crew members, and volunteers learned the traditional method for braiding the husks of the deep red Mohawk corn for hanging and drying. Songs in the Mohawk language blended with conversation in English and Spanish while the work was taking place in and around the greenhouse.