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Tribal farm grows souls as well


September 17, 2021

Jana Peterson

Native Americans have been planting sunflower seeds, often with beans, corn and squash, because the plants help each other. Sunflowers can also create a natural fence and attract pollinators.

Things are growing at Fond du Lac's farm Gitigaaning, or place of the gardens, and it's not just vegetables. Health. Knowledge. Buildings. Resources. Confidence. Food security. Friendships. Community.

Of course, there are plenty of vegetables growing there, nurtured by individual growers on their own small lots: corn, beans, melon, sunflowers, pumpkins, zucchini, sweetgrass, borage, peppers, tobacco, ground cherries, squash, kale, broccoli, cauliflower; the list goes on.

It's all part of the plan by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to further promote food sovereignty initiati...

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