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Iroquois White Corn logo and ear of corn, text overlay: Donate to our 2022 Annual Appeal

Help Us Reach Our Project Goal of $18,000

Your financial support helps ensure the Ganondagan's White Corn Project perseveres and remains vibrant, reflecting the resiliency, determination and vision of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people.

Handing braiding the husks of corn

Why this project matters

Ganondagan's White Corn Project puts the aspirations of the Haudenosaunee people at the heart of the project; passing on cultural wisdom to future generations; ensuring healthy, culturally appropriate food is produced sustainably; and contributing to the health and well-being of the community.

Accomplishments

  • Presenting Indigenous food programs providing teaching and learning experiences for Haudenosaunee cooks, chefs and culture bearers 

  • Introducing Indigenous foods and healthy sustainable food systems to Haudenosaunee youth 

  • Sharing traditional cultural knowledge while protecting and restoring food sovereignty 

  • Cultivating and harvesting our "Three Sisters Garden" promoting hands-on learning around sustainability and growing practices

  • Presenting virtual programming and outreaches to local colleges, Nation programs, and organizations

  • Cultivating cultural leadership through growth opportunities for Seneca and Haudenosaunee youth 

  • Documenting food sovereignty practices featuring White Corn processing, Indigenous cooking, foodways and cultural traditions

  • Continuing the purchase of White Corn from Haudenosaunee farmers and processing it for Haudenosaunee communities

  • Strengthening community relationships, building cultural bridges and sharing traditional knowledge at our annual Husking Bee 

“At Ganondagan hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn were grown by the Seneca people. Much of that was destroyed in 1687 by a French campaign to defeat the Seneca. We opened Ganondagan in 1987 and in 2012 we brought the White Corn Project to Ganondagan to grow and process corn and to stimulate the growth in our communities.

Ganondagan's White Corn Project provides employment for our young people. It is a great introduction to carrying on a job and showing up on time. Not only are we creating a great product, but we are also developing reliable employees and people who contribute back to their communities.

The quality of our product is evidence of the demand we have for it.”

- G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan); Artist, Culture Bearer, and Founding Site Manager, Ganondagan State Historic Site

“The mission of Ganondagan's White Corn Project is to encourage Haudenosaunee farmers to grow the corn and for people in our communities to eat it for more than just special occasions or ceremonial use, making it something they eat every day,”

- Jeanette Jemison (Mohawk, Snipe Clan), Friends of Ganondagan Program Director

Your generosity supports food sovereignty

  • Employing Haudenosaunee youth while providing cultural teaching
  • Purchasing White Corn from Haudenosaunee Farmers 
  • Working with Haudenosaunee culture bearers and foodways bearer
  • Providing ongoing cultural programming focused on Indigenous food and food systems
Your gift today helps to ensure Ganondagan's White Corn Project continues to thrive!

Ways to Give

Online
Click the 'donate' button and type in a donation amount of your choice and pay securely with any major credit card or via a PayPal account

By Mail

Please make all checks out to "The Iroquois White Corn Project" and mail to:  Friends of Ganondagan, P.O. Box 113, Victor, NY 14564

For your convenience, here is a printable donation form to include with your remittance:

donation form (PDF)

Questions

Please contact Meg@ganondagan.org.