Mino Bimaadiziiwin Farm
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Gitigaanin (Return to the Good Life Farm) understands food and agriculture as an important piece of tribal sovereignty and is dedicated to supporting the needs of the Red Cliff community. The Farm consists of 35 acres including approximately one acre of dedicated garden space and three acres of apple orchards. The rest of the acreage includes forest, open pasture, and a two-acre wetland site.
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Field and Garden
The designated garden space at Mino Bimaadiziiwin totals approximately 1.25 acres of fenced in space and is used for growing crops. The garden space also includes some perennial currant, grape, and strawberry beds, as well as some raspberries edging the garden. The farm also features a 30' x 70' high tunnel (also referred to as a hoop house). This hoop house provides protected growing space, which allows for both season extension and increased success of popular warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. The farm also utilizes a small greenhouse structure with three raised beds. This greenhouse is also used as a seed-starting space in the spring due to its insulation and heating capabilities.
The Farm has installed five medicine beds that will be dedicated to growing herbs along with medicinal and traditional plants available for community use. The Farm continues to work towards supporting and advancing sovereignty efforts while maintaining important cultural practices.
There are two apple orchards on the Farm, both nearly a century old! They produce an apple crop each year. The trees are primarily older apple varieties, with some scattered pear trees and other stone fruit trees such as cherries. Farm staff do not use pesticide applications and maintain plant health by using non-chemical pest management techniques. The apple orchards remain a valuable and resilient resource for the farm and community.
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