AICHO staff members Katie Schmitz and Ivy Vainio brought seven Gimaajii Youth to Dream of Wild Health on Aug. 22. We started with a smudge ceremony and talking circle, then went on a tour of the farm and gardens, then the youth had a painting session, and Katie and Ivy met with Ernie Whiteman and Diane Wilson, and then they treated us to Indigenous refreshments.
Hope Flanagan taught us about plants that are used as medicines (ones to help set bones) and Ernie told us they use at least 900 year old tobacco seeds for their gardens. Kids got to shuck hazelnuts and try all kinds of berries along the tour. We are so thankful for being able to spend the day there to learn and experience this amazing farm. Miigwech Diane, Ernie, Hope, Miisko, Shane and the employees who had a part in making this day happen for us.
Miigwech to major funder Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation with additional funding by Center for Prevention Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota.