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Explore the Sacred Relationship Between Native Americans and Indigenous Seeds - June 17, 12 pm

"What is a seed? Seeds are our past, our present, and our future. Seeds are our ancestors and our future generations. We are humbled by the seed."

As Pollinator Pathway makers and native plant lovers, we understand the importance of native plant seeds. Locally, the Ecotype Project was founded as a way to capture and cultivate Connecticut’s own wild plant seeds for service in habitat restoration. From home gardeners to nursery growers, the collection, protection, and promotion of local ecotypes will be central to the success of pollinator habitat restoration projects moving forward.

But Native Americans have been harvesting and saving seed for centuries. You can learn more about indigenous seeds and our evolving relationship with corn, one of our most important seed relatives, when you tune in for Seeds for Seven Generations with gardener and writer Diane Wilson. Diane, a Native American (Dakota) and award-winning author, will discuss exciting work being done today by Native organizations to reclaim indigenous seeds as food for our communities and she'll explore the relationship between seed and writing her recently published novel, The Seed Keeper.

Thursday, June 17th

12 noon - 1:30 pm

One attendee will be randomly selected at the beginning of Diane's talk to receive a free copy of The Seed Keeper. So make sure to join us!

Diane is the Executive Director for the The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA), a national coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people. Wilson is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.

Seeds for Seven Generations is part of the Nature-Friendly Gardening Series of webinars sponsored by the Norwalk Public Library and the Norwalk River Watershed Association.

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