White Earth Land Recovery Project

The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate the recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage

11th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

December 31, 2013 | Comment

Registration is open for the Indigenous Farming Conference March 13-16, 2014!
Access our registration form by clicking this link;
 RegistrationIFC 2014
Registration end March 6th:
Full: $150, Day: $60, Family Full:$200, Family Day:$150
Phone: (218) 935-2701 or visit www.starcasino.com
The rooms are double occupancy, 2 full beds in each room. $65+tax.
The confirmation # for the group  is: 563424
Be sure to give this number over the phone or on the website to get the discount.


 The IFC Agenda will be updated often (shown below)

Thursday Evening March 13th

4pm – 6pm: Arrival and Registration

4:30pm: Hor D’oeuvres – Meet and Greet

Conference Schedule: Friday, March 14th

All meals in Bejou



Naytahwaush/White Earth

          Roy Lake



Winona LaDuke – Opening


Gimino-wiisinimin: Cooking Programs for Healthy Communities Sammie Ardito-Rivera

Making Cough Syrup from Local Garden Plants                 Linda DifferentCloud

Sharing Stories from the Garden Trapline:

 Power House Producers

Audrey Logan, Natalie Elizabeth, Anna Sigrithur




Metis/Mennonite Seed Project

Caroline Chartrand and Kenton Lobe

Food Sovereignty Mapping on Leech Lake Reservation

Shirley Nordrum, David Abaz

Mobile Farmer’s Market

USDA & NRCS Programs for Natives & the Farm Bill

Dan Cornelius, Adam Woltjer




Keynote Feature

Henry Lickers – Ancestral Gardening in Forests and Wetlands


Incorporating Sheep into your Permaculture Landscape

Sue Wika, Tom Prieve

Seed Saving Basics

 Joy Hought of Native Seeds/SEARCH

Food Is Our Medicine Project –Seneca Nation

Ken Parker



Seed Swap and White Earth Seed Library in Seed Room. Visit Vendors and Booths.


Southern US Fruits Grown in Northern Minnesota and Using High Tunnels

Dallas Flynn

Indigenous Seed Banks and Storage Methods

Joy Hought, Caroline Chartrand, Zachary Paige

Urban Farming: Raising your Food in a Backyard Plot – Skip Heffner


Keynote Addressin room Bejou

Dan Longboat – The Roots of Indigenous Agriculture






Evening Activities

Storytelling: Jules Chartrand – sharing funny stories, in room Naytahwaush

Making Cough Syrup from Local Garden Plants Linda DifferentCloud

Film: Metis Red River Valley Wagon Reenactment: in room Roy Lake

Saturday, March 15th



Naytahwaush/White Earth

          Roy Lake





Rainbow Corn Speaks!

 Its Story and Wonder

Nancy Kuhta

Biocultural Framework for Indigenous Food Sustainability

Dan Longboat

Breads of Native Cultures

Abdullah Jaradat




Tatanka Wakpala Eco-Dome Project in the Lakota Nation

Ahan Hehaka Sapa

Great Lake Indigenous Seed Network Visioning, Training and Current Projects


Investments in water and Sanitation in First Nations Communities

Wendy Ross




Keynote Feature

Amos Hinton of the Ponca Tribe Oklahoma will discuss how they grew over 12,000 pounds of produce last year.


Feeding Ourselves, Growing Harvesting and Preserving

Becky and Jim Gawboy

  Pathways for Cultural Education: Ho-Chunk Nation Horticultural Restoration-Woodrow White

Toxic Taters:  Fighting Hazardous Pesticide Drift from Potato Fields

Bob Shimek, Lex Horan



Seed Swapping happening in Seed Room. Visit Vendors and Booths.


First Medicines Program
Sharon Day/Suzanne Nash

Discussion: Developing and Implementing Family Gardening Programs

Michael Dahl

Rabbits for Profit and     Free-Range Chicken for a Healthier You

Sharon Nordrum


Pick the Right Critter for the Job: Scale Appropriate Complimentary Enterprises

Andy Hayner

Discussion: Developing and Implementing Family Gardening Programs

Michael Dahl

Squash Breeding Project at the United Tribes Technical College

Robert Fox




Indigenous Farming Conference Awards

Music by Annie Humphrey and Metis Traditional Jigging

Conference Schedule: Sunday, March 16th



Naytahwaush/White Earth

          Roy Lake




Community Garden Research

Lorraine Lampert

Maple Syrup Harvesting Methods and Production

Bruce Savage

Land Use and Impacts on Water Quality and Wild Rice Production in White Earth – Hannah Smith





High Impact Food Programs to Decolonize and Re-Invigorate Food Production

Shirley Thompson

Asema, Cultivating the Sacred Into Ones Daily Life

Panoka Walker

Healing Trees Bark and Buds: Making Salve and a Lotion Potion

Terri LaDuke







Winona LaDuke – Closing Remarks



In room – Beaulieu

Friday March 14th

9:30 – 10:15 Nancy Kuhta – Planting seeds in peat pots and how to make corn paper

9:30 – 10:15 Beading Jewelry with Wendy Roy

10:20 – 11:05 Nancy Kuhta – Planting seeds in peat pots

and how to make corn paper

10:20 – 11:05 Beading Jewelry with Wendy Roy

11:10 – 11:55 Musical Chairs with hand drums and dancing – Sharon M. Day

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH in Bejou




11th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

The Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference returns for its 11th year!  It is happening right here in Mahnomen, Minnesota hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project.  Come join us and learn about a wide array of topics such as; indigenous seed storage, constructing high tunnels, plant breeding, the origin of corn, pesticide drift, tribal food policy, environmental justice, urban gorilla gardening, native agriculture and much more!  Featured workshop topics will include; development of an indigenous seed library, making cough medicine from local garden plants, and seed saving techniques.

Our wishes are always to convene the Anishinaabeg, our neighbors and relatives, to restore the plants and foods given to us by the Creator. We acknowledge that we are the most northern corn producers in the world.  Our northern tribes have cultivated flint corn for over 2,500 years. We recall and remember this history, continue to practice and show the new generation. We are interested in restoring the agro-biodiversity of our land. We are interested in becoming better gardeners, harvesters and those who restore soil and air.

There are many very committed and amazing people coming to speak this year. We will feature local, regional, and international speakers. Here are a few selected bios;


Dan Longboat is Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River. He is Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program at Trent University, Ontario. Dan is known for his TraditionalHaudenosaunee knowledge and has taught Mohawk culture at Trent in addition to his work in Indigenous Environmental Studies. Professor Longboat will be the keynote speaker on Friday, March 14th named The Roots of Indigenous Agriculture and presenting a workshop on Saturday called Biocultural framework for Indigenous Food Sustainability.



   Amos Hinton Is presenting on sustainable agriculture from the Ponca tribe of Oklahoma.    They grew 12,000 pounds of produce last summer, raised pigs and donated meat to tribal  elders, and raised and sold eggs to their tribal members. Their goal is to produce all of their  our food.



Henry Lickers For over 29 years, Henry Lickers of Cornwall has been Director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Department of the Environment. He will talk about the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreementand the importance of looking after the environment for future generations.

Joy Hought is NS/S’s Seed School Director and a primary instructor. She has a unique combination of expertise including 15 years teaching and developing curricula in the arts and sciences; 2 years in public broadcasting; and a graduate degree in seed science, crop genetic conservation, and food systems.

Sammie Ardito Rivera is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe with paternal ties to White Earth. She currently is in her third year as Outreach and Education Coordinator at Dream of Wild Health where she organizes the farm and urban youth programs and several urban growing projects.

Caroline Chartrand grew up moving, experiencing rural farming communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, northern Manitoba communities as well as urban settings in Manitoba. Her roots, family gardens and hunting grounds are in the Métis community of St. Laurent, Manitoba. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba and taught academics and Traditional Métis Dance at Children of the Earth High School. She founded the Métis Horticulture & Heritage Society in 1997 and began to network with other seed saving organizations and Indigenous communities across North America working to revive seed saving practices while restoring traditional seed varieties. She leads workshops and training on seed saving and squash pollinating teams and is currently in the process of working to establish a regional seed library in the Red River bioregion.

Ken Parker is a passionate indigenous horticulturalist with strong ties to Mother Earth and Native cultures.  Ken has spent decades of his life devoted to growing, installing, teaching and promoting indigenous plants of North America to thousands of Natives and non-Natives. “It is my goal to restore the wisdom from our Elders as to the many uses of each plant and their relationship to the environment.  The revival of this knowledge is as important as the cultivation and harvest of the plants.” Ken literally has ‘roots’ in the indigenous plant market.  As a Seneca native, he is committed to preserving Native North American culture by promoting the use of Native plants from a pure perspective.  Ken has proactively participated in various environmental projects, including conservation, restoration, corporate landscaping, education, marketing and consulting throughout the United States and Canada over the past twenty plus years.

Tatanka Wakpala Model Sustainable Community is a project whose foremost goal is to demonstrate how small, self-sustained, family oriented communities can flourish in today’s consumerist society. They practice and teach a model of low cost, easily constructed, environmentally friendly community that can provide new opportunities for Native people to thrive while continuing their ancestors’ teachings on how to live in harmony with Unci Maka (Mother Earth).

Over twenty-five native presenters are coming to share their knowledge and methods of restoring traditional foods and working towards building a sustainable community. Network with neighboring tribal nations and receive information to further develop your own community programs. Representatives are coming from the Metis of Canada, Lakota, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Standing Rock Sioux, Mohawk, Hochunk, and Tesuque Pueblo and more. Please bring your seeds and your stories for barter and seed swap sessions!

Please bring your seeds and your stories for barter and seed swap sessions!  For registration and information, contact; weseedlibrary@gmail.com or call; 218-375-2600  Conference lodging; Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Events Center 777 S Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557 (218) 935-2701