Supporting Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Seed Stewardship
For the community members of the St. Regis Mohawk/Akwesasne Tribe of northern New York, seeds are not just commodities to be planted for food, they are sacred. When their seeds disappear, so do their ceremonies, language, songs, farming practices, and connections to their ancestors. Haudenosaunee seed keeper Rowen White has been collecting seeds from elders of the Iroquois nations to help keep her heritage alive, and she asked Ken Greene to help respectfully steward a few of the varieties.
Through a partnership with the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Rowen White, Seedshed, and the ceremonial leaders of Ohero:kon – Rites of Passage, a Mohawk cultural restoration project, five of these varieties were grown out here in the Hudson Valley. This collaborative project forged strong bonds between the Akwesasne community, Mexican farm workers, youth from the Bronx, staff at the Farm Hub, and many volunteers in our community.
We will be expanding our seed harvests and deepening our connections to the earth and our new Haudenosaunee sister community in 2017.
Learn more about the Native American Seed Sanctuary at Hudson Valley Farm Hub.