Conservation Training

Gitigaaning Farm & Manoomin Tour

August 20, 2022

9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Cloquet, MN

Join us for a tour of these two incredible agricultural sites of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa! Visit Perch Lake to learn about manoomin (wild rice) and the importance of treaties in tribal food sovereignty, including the management, production, and marketing aspects of manoomin. Gitigaaning, which means "the place of the gardens" in the Ojibwe language, is a 36-acre farm with a growing dome, orchard, berry patch, pollinator plantings, and 4-acres open to the growers of the Bimaaji'idiwin Producer Training Program. The property also houses Na'eniminigamig, a cannery building with a root cellar, seed room, and commercial kitchen. Learn about innovations using traditional Ojibwe knowledge and indigenous agriculture practices, including wild rice hulls as mulch, as well as food sovereignty projects made possible by collaborations between tribes and federal, state, and local agencies.