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Food Sovereignty

Food Sovereignty


Menominee Food Sovereignty

 

Collaborative Gardens

 

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) currently has four gardens - three at the Keshena campus and one at the Green Bay campus. All gardens are cultivated using sustainable practices.

 

CMN Collaborative Garden

A half acre plot located next to the Sustainable Development Institute in Keshena, the garden was first cultivated in 2015 and included a variety of crops including squash, green beans, sweet corn, and tomatoes. In 2016, over 1,350 lbs. of produce was harvested and sold at the Kehtekaewak Farmers’ Market or donated to the Menominee Food Distribution center. Community members are welcome to volunteer at the garden - no experience necessary. Please inquire if interested!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Be a part of supplying fresh, healthy produce to the Menominee community. Community volunteer events will be advertised throughout the summer.

 

New This Year - Volunteer Share Program

Five positions will be available during the 2017 growing season. How does it work? Volunteers will donate 4 hours per week in exchange for a weekly box of vegetables. The working season will coincide with the Kehtekaewak Farmers’ Market (June 2 – October 13, 2017).

 

Each box (a.k.a. Share) will contain offerings from that week’s farmers’ market, and boxes will average about $30 in market value. If interested, please contact Sam Knapp at 715-799-6226, ext. 3154 or sknapp@menominee.edu.

 

Perennial Garden

A 15x30 ft. plot behind the Sustainable Development Institute in Keshena was planted with raspberries and asparagus in 2015. The first harvest is expected in 2017.

 

Turtle Garden

A 13 plot garden in the shape of a turtle shell is located behind the Sustainable Development Institute in Keshena. Since 2013, SDI interns have conducted agricultural research projects using the small plots. The central plot is arranged in the image of a medicine wheel and contains four culturally-significant plants - sage, tobacco, cedar, and sweet grass.

 

Raised Bed Garden

A raised bed garden is located at the Green Bay campus. College staff planted corn, squash, and beans in past years. To increase the soil nutrients, the campus’ compost was applied to the bed.

 

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