Decolonizing VT Food Systems: Reviving Wabanaki Permaculture

Join on December 4th at 6:00pm at 12-22 North Street, Burlington (The VT Green Building) with members of the Dawnland Decolonization Solidarity Group  ​and Burlington Permaculture  for an evening of conversation exploring the intersections of colonialism, permaculture and decolonization concerning Indigenous Agriculture of Vermont, its history and ongoing revitalization.  Abenaki community activists concerned with decolonization of the Vermont Abenaki experience will share their thoughts and feelings regarding the state of Abenaki food sovereignty and its future, as well as how the Settler community can be enlisted as allies in Indigenous struggles toward seed and land sovereignty. This workshop is intended for permaculture designers, teachers, activists ​, cultural creators, land tenders,​  and gardeners, though all are welcome.  We hope this workshop will help folks grow a deeper awareness about decolonization​, how to engage with it,​ and  ​the importance of doing so in our work and all aspects of our lives.​ A listing of ongoing Indigenous agricultural programs and initiatives will be made available.

Vegetarian Soup and bread will be served at 6:00pm

$10 Suggested donation, proceeds to support Abenaki solidarity efforts. 

Guest Speaker Biographies:

Melody Walker Brook is Chair of the VT Commission on Native Affairs. As an educator, activist, and citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, she is also a beadworker, fingerweaver, traditional tattoo apprentice, and interprets wampum belts.

Fred Wiseman is a citizen of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi with a Ph.D. in Ethnobotany.  He is the director of the Seeds of Renewal project, which since 2011, had successfully repatriated over 45 Indigenous Wabanaki cultivars, three Indigenous permacultural agro-engineering systems, five agricultural ceremonies and a wealth of information on Indigenous cuisine to Native communities from New York to the Canadian Maritimes.

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Update: This event will be hosted at the VT Community Garden Network offices, at 12-22 North Street, Burlington. We look forward to seeing you there!