Posted by: cindydyer | November 9, 2009

Thanksgiving Feast Honors Indigenous Ceremonies

farmersmarketLac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCOOCC), 13466 W. Trepania Road, in Hayward, WI, will host an annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 19, 2009. To honor the day and sustainability, Happy Tonics, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) environmental education organization and public charity, in Shell Lake, WI, will show a film and give a short presentation. A deer will be dressed by Adam Fear at 10:30 a.m. The deer will be honored for the gifting of its life. The venison will be offered to elders as part of the Give Away Ceremony after the feast at 11:30 a.m. Left: Joy Amparo and Nate Kast sold Happy Tonics honey, maple syrup and teas at the Farmers Market in Shell Lake this year.

Risky Business will be shown at 1:30 p.m. The film documents food safety issues and addresses large agricultural business consisting of monoculture and genetic engineering of crops and animals. The film explores effects of this new technology on farmers, our food supply, public health and the environment. By educating the public about healthy benefits of eating local crops and grass fed meat, we can better cope with rising FDA recalls of E-coli and Salmonella food products in the food chain. Come learn about genetic engineering in our food chain and why we need to think about eating local healthy foods.
swisschardA list of local farmers and what they sell will be available. Attendees will be able to learn where to obtain organic milk, wild gathered honey and maple syrup and where to buy grass fed meat and poultry. The list will include local foods throughout the region and the growers who supply vegetables and fruit. Northern Wisconsin has some fine orchids and cranberry bogs also. Right: Rainbow swiss chard at the Farmers Market in Shell Lake

008The event is open to the public. We are building a local network of educators, growers, grazers, farmers markets and nonprofit environmental education organizations that are working together to promote healthy food and eating in this part of the country. Left: beautiful cabbage

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