Happy Harvest and Thanksgiving!

FarmDirections    guy

As the thanksgiving holiday draws near we reflect on what we are thankful for and the bounty of the season.

Integral to our reflection, we would like to acknowledge the Attawandaron/Attowandaronk (Neutral) people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph sits.

Also, we offer respect to our Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Métis neighbours and hope to strengthen our relationships with them.

As well, we strive to honour the Two Row Wampum, and foster positive associations and interactions while challenging destructive ones.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving, although a time to be thankful for all that we have, often ignores the First Peoples, their culture and their history.

Thus, in redefining this holiday, we feel it is imperative to recognize that, prior to colonization, the land we now occupy was maintained and cultivated by the First Peoples with sustainable integrity.

Accordingly, there is a great deal to be gained from respecting and learning from the farming legacy and traditions of the First Peoples in this area, and elsewhere – which, quite notably, predates European arrival by several hundred years.

Let our thankfulness guide us through the end of this season and into the next.

farmras     flower     martha

This season we observed a wonderful harvest: potatoes, pumpkins, squash, parsnips, celeriac, chard, herbs, and more.

Our Thursday market this week was smaller than we expected – perhaps due to the cold – nevertheless, this enabled us to share our prosperity with the local women’s shelter.

Now we rejoice in spending time with our families, loved ones and friends.

A huge thank-you to everyone who gets involved, contributes or has contributed to the Guelph Campus Urban Organic Farm.

farmgi     aus

One Response to “Happy Harvest and Thanksgiving!”
  1. natia says:

    Loving the gratitude!

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