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Saturday May 18th 2024

Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden)

Photos progress from neighbors clearing the land and building the garden in early May to the season “Kickoff” Celebration a few weeks later on May 28th. The third photo was taken the last week of June showing some blooms and the circular labyrinth of corn obvious in 2nd and 3rd photos although not “knee-high by the Fourth” due to the slow season for all farmers this year. Christina Elias,the urban farmer mentioned in the article, is at right in 1st photo with a rake.

By Urban Farm Coalition and Ventura Village Wellness and Gardening Committee

The Mashkiikii Gitigan vision is of a beautiful, welcoming space where neighbors can connect, share gardening experiences, learn about growing, preparing, and preserving food providing opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the Phillips neighborhood.

Lillian Rice, a long-time community resident and American Indian elder suggested the Ojibwe name translated to English as Medicine Garden.

The 24th Street Farm Coalition project is at 1316 E. 24th Street by these member groups: Dream of Wild Health, Indigenous Peoples”' Task Force, Indian Health Board, Native American Community Clinic, Ventura Village, Waite House, Women”'s Environmental Institute, and Zenteotl Project.

Urban farmer, Christina Elias, has been working with residents to transform the land, owned by the Indian Health Board, into a teaching farm for the Phillips Neighborhood.

Plans include expanding the garden and adding a seating area with picnic tables. A full calendar of fun farm activities and events will fill the Mashkiikii Gitigan 2013 Farming Season Calendar. All people are welcome and encouraged to participate. Christina can be found in the garden most week days from 10am ”“ 6pm. Community members can stop by to visit, volunteer, learn, or just enjoy the space. Info: 612-436-2676 or






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