On June 27 the Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market hosted a community pop up event with guest speakers Francois Median and Maria Defoe as well as students Michael and Nick presenting their multi-year program, Journey Gardens. Based in the Fond du Lac reservation, Journey Gardens is focused on healthy living, sustainable horticulture, and youth leadership through gardening, foraging, and greenhouse work. The presentation was informative and intriguing, and many community members attended. As per usual for community pop ups, the event was free and open to the public.
After the presentation an audience participatory activity run by the Gimaaji Youth market sold Indigenous teas to guests and presenters alike. The event supplied various other refreshments and Jakob Wilson was present to perform songs on his hand drum. The night was sponsored by Statewide Health Improvement Partnership via Minnesota Department of Health.
Photos by Ivy Vaino and Katie Schmitz