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July Fundraiser: Support the indigenous food and seed gardens at the Akwesasne Freedom School!
For the month of July, we're raising money for the Akwesasne Freedom School Gardens - a Haudenosaunee school garden growing sacred seeds as part of an Indigenous-led Mohawk language and cultural immersion school.
“Keeping our language and our seeds alive is important, because without them we no longer exist as a people. Without them we’re not able to communicate with the creator or with the other species on the planet, it’s the way we pick medicine, it’s the way we live.” —Mary Arquette, Haudenosaunee environmental activist, cultural educator, and co-leader of the Native American Seed Sanctuary.
As a thank you, each donation will receive a limited edition seed pack with Onondaga Sunflower seeds grown at the sanctuary. To honor the important cultural revitalization work of the Freedom School, the pack features artwork by Onondaga artist Brandon Lazore and is written in the Mohawk Language. Translations for the pack and more about Lazore’s artwork will be available online.
These needed funds will support the Freedom School gardens in soil improvement, bean trellises, infrastructure construction, new tools, and expanded education programs for youth and their families. It will also support Seedshed’s work rematriating seeds to Akwesasne and facilitating cross-cultural programs with leaders and youth from Akwesasne at the Native American Seed Sanctuary in the Hudson Valley.
To donate, sign up for our email list, and check the box that indicates your interest in donating to the Akwesasne Freedom School Garden Fundraiser. We will email for details on how to receive your gift.
Niawen’kó:wa - Thank you very much!