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Milpa Garden Planting – May 21

Published on
14 May 2024

Beans and sunflowers and pumpkins, oh my! We will break ground at the Milpa garden this May under the guidance of Gina Roxas, Potawatomi and executive director of the Trickster Cultural Center. Milpa is an Indigenous style of gardening in which species are selected for mutual benefits – attracting pollinators or predatory insects, providing shade, building soil structure, etc. The garden will help build soil health and fertility before planting shrubs and trees in the fall.

The mix we are using contains over 40 different species and was donated by GreenCover, a company that provides seed for cover crops. To qualify for their First Acre program, we will donate at least half of the garden’s produce to the Woodstock Food Pantry and other local organizations to help those in need in the community.

Gina will share her wisdom about Indigenous gardening and practices, as well as guide us as we prepare the land for planting the Milpa garden. Dress for the weather and to get messy. Light refreshments will be served after the demonstration. Parking at the site is limited; you may need to park within the Apple Creek subdivision, a short walk from the demonstration space.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: The Apple Creek Food Forest (located at the southwest corner of Hercules Drive and Dean Street in Woodstock)
Fee: Free, please register here by May 19

If you have any questions or are interested in helping with the Milpa garden maintenance or harvesting, please email [email protected] to join our Food Forest volunteer list!

 

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