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Seeds of Renewal

Seeds of Renewal

A story by Dr. Fred Wiseman from 2018

Dr. Fred Wiseman in the Seeds of Renewal Gardens at Sagakwa Farm, Piermont, NH, 2014

For thousands of years, Wabanaki people have cultivated corn, beans, squash, sunflowers, Jerusalem artichokes, ground cherries, and tobacco—co-planting them to support one another. Our traditional foodways were disrupted as our tribes were steadily colonized. As our diets and lifestyles were radically changed, our health was adversely affected.
I am a member of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi in Swanton, Vermont. I work with Wabanaki Food Sovereignty programs, providing seeds and expertise to renew agricultural heritage by planting our original Indigenously cultivated traditional foods. This helps to retain Wabanaki cultural traditions and language, improves our diet and health, and brings us back to the land.

Peggy Fullerton (Left) donating Seeds of Renewal Seeds to Passamaquoddy Tribal members at Indian Township, Nov. 1, 2014