Indigenous Food and Medicine Garden
The Indigenous Food and Medicine Garden is an outdoor space that fosters a welcoming and inclusive community on-campus and promotes Indigenous presence, Indigenous Knowledge exchanges, and community involvement while engaging peoples in growing Indigenous organic and sustainable foods and plants for future generations.
- Promote farming practices and teachings of Indigenous peoples of the local region.
- Provide experiential educational opportunities for community members, students and staff with respect to Indigenous worldview and customary planting, growing and harvesting techniques.
- Offer opportunities to learn about the spiritual significance of plants based on ancient Indigenous customs.
- Offer a welcoming green space on campus that engages communities in hands on learning of Indigenous Knowledge. Course development around customary Indigenous planting techniques will be explored.
- Give students, staff and community members the opportunity to grow their own food and medicines.
- Grow Medicines such as Sage and Tobacco for community members to use for praying and smudging.
- Grow vegetables such as corn, beans and squash to be used for an annual feasts and gatherings.
- Share Indigenous Knowledge and develop academic partnerships on and off-campus.