The Abenaki Land Link project launched this past week.
The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation has partnered with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) to provide indigenous seeds to over a dozen gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers around Vermont who have dedicated land to grow and harvest food for Abenaki citizens this season. All of the seeds have been graciously provided by the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation and cannot be used for any other purpose outside of the project.
During this pilot year, participants will be growing Koasek/Calais mix and Calais flint corn, true cranberry, skunk, and Mohawk beans, and Algonquin squash. The crops will be grown across Vermont from home garden plots in Bethel to a large plot at the Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) in Richmond.
While participation for this pilot year is full, anyone who wants to support these efforts can donate to the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation by following this link, and make a note about the project in their donation.
For more information about the project contact Shane Rogers, Farm to Plate Communications Manager, at [email protected] and Livy Bulger, Education and Engagement Manager at NOFA-VT, [email protected].
Photos: Seed packing and distribution to farmers and gardeners statewide.