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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

12th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

IFC post letter 2015– A Must Read

Check Out this Awesome Slide Shows from our Amazing Speakers at the 12th Annual Indigenous farming conference!

spirit_food  slideshow:speaker-Dr. Martin reinhardt

Sarkar Indigenous farming conference slideshow. Speaker: Dipayan Sarkar Ph.D

IFC Conference 2015 1.8 (March 3)pdf Slideshow. Speakers: Lone Sorensen & Ernest Betsina


Conference Dates: March 5-8, 2015

Location: Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN


Registration of event AND hotel will be through us for only Thurs, Fri and Sat night.

New registration form for Credit card:

Printable form for paying with ChecksRegistration PDF version: Registration

Also, check out this event flier with one of our own local presenters, Ryan Pesch, happening on Thusday, March 5th:::  Season Extension

Phone: 218-375-2600      Email: weseedlibrary@gmail.com

Info on this year’s conference and featured presenters below. 

The Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference returns for its 12th year! The theme of this year’s conference is “Let’s protect our old time foods” It is happening in Callaway, Minnesota hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Come join us and learn about a wide array of topics such as; making elderberry cough syrup, indigenous seed storage, deep winter greenhouse construction, plant breeding, building root cellars, pesticide drift, tribal food policy, native agricultural techniques and much more!

The three tracks we have for the conference this year are;

Growing gardens and medicines – Practical garden techniques and hands on workshops.

Community resilience – Focusing on community garden/farm projects in our region.

Protecting old time foods – Decolonizing food systems as well as learning the effects of GMO foods and pesticides in the environment.

Here are a few selected bios and workshops of presenters at this year’s conference:


Linda Black Elk (Catawba Nation) is an ethnobotanist, restoration ecologist, and instructor at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Her research focuses on the role of traditional plants in the lives and worldviews of Indigenous peoples. She will be teaching two workshops on how elderberries can be used for immunity support as well as how to benefit from weeds in our gardens.



Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He will be speaking about a research program that he led called The Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP). Twenty-five voluntary research subjects committed to eating Indigenous foods from the Great Lakes Region as 25-100% of their daily diet for one year. They also committed to keeping an online daily journal of their eating habits and physical activities. Very few studies have ever been conducted on this subject matter, and studies that examine the physical, cultural, and legal/political dimensions are practically non-existent.


UnknownElizabeth Hoover (Mohawk/M’kmaq) Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies. She received her BA at Williams College in 2001, an MA in Museum Studies at Brown in 2003 and PhD in Anthropology at Brown University in 2010. She currently teaches courses and conducts research in the area of environmental justice in American Indian communities, indigenous food movements, and community engagement.. She will be presenting a keynote address about her experiences of visiting over 25 Native garden communities last summer.

UnknownDan Longboat is back! Dan 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.


Protecting our Corn from Transgenic Corn Pollen Frank Kutka, PhD plant breeder, has been working to prevent genetically modified corn from cross-pollinating with native and organic corn varieties. He has worked with native corn varieties for many years. He will be presenting on his new breed of corn called “Organic Ready” which prevents GMO pollen from entering in.

Pesticide issues in the White Earth community Toxic Taters—a coalition from the potato growing region in Central and North Central Minnesota—will present on the pesticide drift and health risks of carcinogenic fungicides and what you can do about it!

Over twenty-five native presenters are coming as well as herbalists, gardeners, horticulturists, students and farmers from all four directions to share the knowledge of planting and harvesting.  Come hear how indigenous nations are restoring traditional foods and working towards sustainable communities and network with neighboring tribal nations and get information to further develop your own community programs. Representatives from the Metis of Canada, Lakota, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Mohawk and many more are coming to share their knowledge with communities of the Great Lakes area. You don’t want to miss our conference banquet with awards and dancing on Saturday March 7, 2015.

Please bring your seeds and your stories for barter and seed swap sessions! Lot’s of native vendors as well! For registration, lodging at maplelag resort and general information on the conference, please visit www.welrp.org contact; weseedlibrary@gmail.com or call; 218-375-2600.



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