Sixty percent of the present world’s food supply comes from American Indians’ traditional agriculture, primarily consisting of corn, beans, squash, berries, melons, quinoa, amaranth and more. The Indigenous Permaculture Garden Project at Four Winds started in February of 2015 and weaves innovative science and traditional ecological knowledge from diverse First Nations peoples of Turtle Island to encourage healthier lifeways for our Seven Generations to come. Our indigenous garden is promoting healthier lifeways and helping reverse decades of US government policies that erased healthy indigenous traditional diets and connections to the land. Our garden regularly provides fresh vegetables for community food bank, garden volunteers, and youth and elders programs. The Permaculture Gardening Project also nurtures healthier sustainable life ways through our hands on workshops and informational and visual presentations about Indigenous Permaculture.
Our deep respect for the land has taught us many valuable lessons and principles of how to care for ancient seeds, plants and medicines. Our workshop sessions highlight the following: community service learning skills; connecting with the natural world utilizing all five senses; encouraging People, Earth and Land stewardship; instilling youth leadership values and lessons; utilizing science, math and various art forms of expression; encouraging healthier eating with traditional indigenous superfoods; learning full cycle planting, seedling identification, caretaking of plants, harvesting of produce and seed preservation.
Because we are deeply connected to the land, our Indigenous Permaculture Agricultural Project is based on the philosophy and techniques of shared Indigenous ancient agricultural knowledge encompassing a balance of natural laws of mother earth. Contemporary Permaculture means permanent agriculture or culture, caring for Earth, People and Community, and sharing overabundance. Indigenous Permaculture weaves traditional ecological knowledge with innovative science. Our sessions highlight the values of our indigenous cultures. Our indigenous garden is thriving and growing pesticide free and GMO-free produce. Such indigenous super foods may prevent early symptoms of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and liver and heart diseases. We are encouraging healthy sustainable life ways through our hands on workshops, informational and visual presentations to connect with the natural world.