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4th Annual Gardening Workshop held just in time for Spring


Kim Jacobs is one step closer to fresh, organic, home grown tomatoes.

For the fourth year, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Economic Development held a gardening workshop for anyone wanting to get a jump start on their gardens. This year each participant was given seeds and a starter kit to begin their garden. A representative of the Indian Agricultural Program Ontario, Mark Leahy came to talk about the basics of gardening as well as new trends that can help current gardeners with their crops.

Teddy Shecapio and Aliyah Mettaweskum displaying their freshly planted green peppers and romaine lettuce.

Nola Benedict, Economic Development officer of MCA, has been running this workshop and wants this to be a stepping stone for anyone who wishes to get started with agriculture, but isn't sure where to start.

"This workshop is to teach new gardeners or to get community residents back into gardening," says Benedict about one of her goals for this program. On the business side of things, she wants to encourage existing and new Native farmers who are looking for new techniques and new information on gardening that can better improve their gardens.

Each participant was given a seed starting kit while and had a choice of seeds to plant. The options ranged from carrots, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. With the information shared and the seed starter kits, hopefully there will be more successful gardeners in the future.


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