By MAGGIE MONTGOMERY • FEB 21, 2018
"Gitigaanike" is an Ojibwe word that means "to make a garden." It is also the name of the Red Lake Nation Local Food Initiative. On February 26th Gitigaanike is teaming up with the Land Stewardship Project to hold a Farm Dreams workshop at Seven Clans Casino in Red Lake MN. Foods Initiative Coordinator David Manuel stopped by our studios to tell us about it, with Farm Dreams Director Amy Bacigalupo from the Land Stewardship Project on the phone.
Farm Dreams workshops were created for people dreaming of farming and wondering what it takes to get started. The workshop covers the steps to starting a farm--including considerations, resources, needs, passion, and vision. It also includes perspectives from an experienced farmer. It is a first step into a farming vocation--with a focus on taking care of the land. The Land Stewardship Project also offers a year-long "Farm Beginnings" course, and a "Journeyperson" course.
The Farm Dreams workshop in Red Lake is open to everyone. It starts with lunch at 11 a.m., and is followed at noon by a 4-hour workshop. More information is available online at 4directionsdevelopment.com and on the Gitigaanike Facebook page.
Listen to the full interview with David and Amy (below) for more information about the purpose and activities of Gitigaanike and the Land Stewardship Project
David Manuel from Red Lake Nation's Local Food Initiative, Gitigaanike, talks about his work to restore the rich history and healthy rewards of gardening to the Red Lake reservation--while providing economic opportunity to Red Lake members. Amy Bacigalupo from the Land Stewardship Project explains how her organization works with Gitigaanike and other groups to help new farmers be successful and keep the land healthy. http://kaxe.org/post/farm-dreams-gitigaanike-sponsors-workshop-aspiring-farmers#stream/0
A collaborative effort of members of the Ojibwe and Metis communities