Please help us start a Turtle Garden for rural off-res youth living in the “Quinte” region of Lake Ontario. This garden initiative is a critical, life-saving solution to traditional food accessibility in a rural food desert. The primary garden-keeper is a Haudenosaunee youth with severe Type 1 diabetes. Due to rural living and generational poverty, traditional organic food stuffs are not accessible to these youth and due to environmental contamination in the “Quinte” region, some forms of fishing, hunting or gathering are also high-risk.
We will be building a raised-bed Turtle Garden and need to get the necessary items including framing, quality soil, fencing and gardening tools. We allocated some money for travel/gas support and all funds will go to infrastructure or project related-items.
This is an amazing opportunity to support youth building connections with the land, their culture and traditional food systems while fighting Diabetes and other health-related costs of generational poverty and settler colonialism.
We will be documenting our building process and producing a short zine on “how to” build your own raised-bed Turtle garden, as well as include some recipes for Diabetes-fighting teas and nutritional supports. This initiative is crucial for making a tangible difference in Type 1 Diabetic youths every day lives, whose chronic suffering and hospitalization are very much related to diet and accessibility of traditional and whole foods.
You can donate via paypal or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org – please add TURTLE GARDEN in the comments.
We look forward to cultivating resistance together.
In the spirit of total liberation,
Reclaim Turtle Island Collective
Online fundraiser: https://www.youcaring.com/turtle-garden