Native American Seed Sanctuary 2016

This June we invited members of the St. Regis Akwesasne Mohawk community and the Ohero:kon Rites of Passage program to conduct a ceremony at the site in preparation for planting on our Native American Seed Sanctuary. During the gathering, our visitors spoke to the ancestral significance of corn, beans and squash; shared with us Mohawk stories; and asked permission of all living things on the land to welcome and protect our efforts to care for the seeds. We were grateful to see our land honored in this way, for the opportunity to hear the Mohawk language spoken, and for the privilege of witnessing such a beautiful tradition.

On the following Saturday a group of energetic volunteers came together to plant the seeds in the ground. Hoes, trowels, and shovels were handed out to Farm Hub staff members and friends, Seed Library volunteers, and a wonderful group of families and youngsters through the Bronx-based non-profit community organization More Gardens! who came to help. With many hands of all sizes, we got the job done in only a few hours.

On September 7th and 8th, we welcomed five esteemed members of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to the Farm Hub for discussions around agricultural training and economic development opportunities, a farm tour, and a special visit to the Seed Sanctuary. Our visitors included Saint Regis Mohawk executive director, Tsiorasa Barreiro; tribal chief Eric Thompson; economic development director Chris Thompson; Ken Jock, environment division director; and Wallace Ransom, agriculture program manager.