Three Sisters Farming: Indigenous Women, Plants, and Foodways


The shuttle for the event leaves the Embassy Suites at 8:30 am on October 16th.

Presented by The Cultural Conservancy and Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program

In this full-day, hands-on workshop/immersion in Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), we explore plants as teachers and the science and philosophy of diverse indigenous foodways and ethnobotanical traditions, including: “Three Sisters” Agriculture, Pueblo farming, organic gardening and California Indian land management practices. We will harvest, collect seeds, and eat together from our Three Sisters Garden as an embodiment of botanical and social polyculture.

This historic workshop features a world-class line-up:

Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomie): scientist, award-winning writer (Braiding Sweetgrass; Gathering Moss), Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at NY’s SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and founding Director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment for reconciling indigenous and Western science.

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo): co-founder/President of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute at New Mexico’s Santa Clara Pueblo and globally renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic sculptor.

Sage LaPena (Wintu): Water Resources Coordinator at California’s Hopland Pomo Tribal EPA, working on watershed management, riparian restoration, botany, habitat restoration, Traditional (Tribal) Ecological Knowledge, and public education.

Wendy Johnson: author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, renowned organic gardening elder-mentor, founder of the famed Organic Farm and Garden program at Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin County.

Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa)-Menu TBD

Maria, Mayan Elder-tamales

Hosted by Melissa Nelson, President of the Cultural Conservancy, Wendy Johnson, and Cara Romero, Director of the Bioneers’ Indigenous Knowledge Program.

Location: Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, College of Marin, Novato, CA 

Price:  $195, includes transportation from Embassy Suites (101 McInnis Parkway San Rafael, CA) and lunch

Register: Click Here

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