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Akwesasne Annual Seed and Tree Give-Away


Angelo Johnson standing at his booth, which is allowing community members to sign up to have one of their trees used to check for emerald ash borers.

On Saturday April 21, the Annual Seed and Tree Give Away took place at the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Senior Center in Hogansburg. This yearly event is organized by the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment. The Seed and Tree Giveaway began at 9 am sharp, with community members lined up at the door. There were several booths set up throughout the lobby, giving interested people the chance to get more information on different issues or tools for the environment.

Robert F. Miller holding his buddy 'Vincent Vinvasive', who helps to inform the public on the different invasive species and how they get here.

One of the major problems in Akwesasne being the Emerald Ash Borer, which kills off the ash trees. The SRMT Environment Division is working hard to find a solution to the problem, with the next step being able to identify the areas that are affected in Akwesasne.

The Giveaway was finished by 10 am; it only took an hour for eager community members to come out and get themselves some free seeds and trees to begin planting. The different types of seeds that were given away this year were beets, butternut squash, carrots, field pumpkin, green beans, kidney beans, onion sets, pickling cucumber, pie pumpkin, pole beans, radishes, red and white potatoes, rutabagas, shell peas, slicing cucumbers, snow peas, sweet corn, yellow beans, yellow corn and zucchini. There were also plenty of trees given away like black walnut, burr oak, bitternut hickory, white cedar, white spruce, white pine, red oak and nannyberry.


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