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Position: Seedkeeper
Type: volunteer / rough camping, bunk house could be offered (see below)
Organization: Mohawk Seedkeeper Gardens
Location: Six Nations Reserve, Ohsweken, (near Brantford & Hamilton), Ontario

Mohawk Seedkeeper Garden is an indigenous garden project. We seek to share the traditional knowledge of Mohawk Seedkeeper Terrylynn Brant with the community. This garden is located on the Six Nations Reserve which is Canada's largest populated Haudenosaunee community in Canada with 12,000 on reserve residents. Like all indigenous communities local food availability is a problem. There are no grocery stores in this community and residents drive to town to purchase foods that are causing great illnesses such as diabetes to epidemic levels. Mohawk Seedkeeper Garden is in year 6 of its development. We are trying to grow indigenous seeds from the Mohawk Nation. We hope to get to a level where we will operate a community garden, and community kitchen to revitalize our ancestral food sources and preparations. Many of the seeds we grow were nearly lost to our community.

We are looking for individuals who would like to volunteer in the gardens and help to establish food forests and try their hand at foraging wild foods which are still abundant in this rural community. Volunteers would be expected to respect and adhere to local ceremonial garden practices.

We are also building an Earthship (rammed tire constructed). We are making glass bottle walls, can walls and water bottle walls to aid recycling. This is our community kitchen and teaching centre and it is about 90% complete but really needs the hnds of loving and artisitc individuals.This is a part time, full time or occasional commitment. No monetary compensation but occassional meals and rough camping or bunk house available.

Anyone interested in volunteering contact Terrylynn Brant by email at:
or cell at 519-717-4077

Rough camping / bunk house could be offered but you must understand you are a guest of an indigenous community and will be taught about appropriate community behaviours. This is an alcohol and drug free opportunity.

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Topical Links & Resources:

Seedkeeping and Seed Saving
– links, organizations, resources

Seeds of Diversity Canada

Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

Seed Savers Exchange (USA)

Seed Saving


Heritage Crops

Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Pollinator Partnership

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 1 2021    ID: 49633