Fond Du Lac Gitigaan (Garden) Program

Website: http://www.fdlrez.com/planning/projects.htm

Point of Contact: Jason Hollinday

E-Mail Address: jasonhollinday@fdlrez.com

For over twenty years, the Gitigaan (in Ojibway means garden or growing food) Program has provided plants, seeds, and training to households on the Fond duLac reservation. Originally started by the Fond du Lac tribe in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Program, the Gitigaan gardening program is an integral part of the tribe’s Food Sovereignty Initiative and serves community members by holding classes related to growing, harvesting, preparing foods and gardens by providing tilling services. They provide more than 140 households with 27 various organic seeds and potato seeds, as well as 19 types of plants. In 2019, Gitigaan has started a demonstration garden to gauge how much produce the program yields for families in the community. All produce is given to community members and prepared for the end of season feast.