Celebrating the Abenaki Agricultural Year: An Evening of Food, Stories, and Music

Abenaki Crops
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: 5:00–7:30PM
Event Type: 
Adult Program
Location: Farm Barn Courtyard & Pipe Room
Fee: $50/person

Join us for an evening celebrating Abenaki culture as we dine together and learn about a traditional Abenaki agricultural year and the foods that are grown with Abenaki scholar Fred Wiseman. 

Fred Wiseman, Abenaki scholar and paleoethnobotanist, started working with Abenaki communities as part of the documentation process for federal tribal recognition. While he was in these communities, Wiseman noticed crops that had long been thought to have disappeared growing on the hillsides. It led him to start the Seeds of Renewal Project. Its mission: to assist and encourage the Abenaki tradition of seed saving and indigenous gardening by helping to track down rare or long-lost seeds native to northern New England. It is this work that has inspired this dinner!

We will start off the evening with light hors d’oeuvres and a presentation with Fred Wiseman highlighting the past, present, and future of the Abenaki crops featured in the evening’s meal. The dinner will be prepared by Jesse Lawyer, Abenaki Chef at Sweetwaters in Burlington, and Shelburne Farms Executive Chef Emeritus Jim McCarthy. Morgan Lamphere, Abenaki artist and musician, will share traditional Indigenous music including ancient Wabanaki songs.

A cash bar featuring local wines, cider, and beer will be available, but not included in the price of a ticket. A set menu will be served highlighting the food traditional Abenaki communities had available. Dietary restrictions are not able to be accomodated, but there will be lots of options within the meal’s offerings.

Registration Details: 

Registration is required. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


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