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FDL Agricultural Division

History / Timeline

Below is a general timeline and does not, and could not, encompass all of the food sovereignty efforts that have been ongoing at Fond du Lac for decades. If there are any key milestones you know of that should be added, please email MarciaEiynck@FDLREZ.com.

Fond du Lac Food Sovereignty Timeline

  • 1995

    Gitigaan Program

    Gitigaan Program begins.

  • 2008

    Youth Gardening Program

    Youth Gardening Program begins.

  • 2009

    Journey Garden begins.

    Journey Garden begins.

  • 2009

    13 Moons Program

    13 Moons Program begins.

  • 2012

    Bimaaji’idiwin Demonstration Garden

    Bimaaji’idiwin Demonstration Garden established behind the Ojibwe School.

  • 2015-16

    Local Foods Strategic Planning

    FSI started meeting regularly including members from Planning Division, Natural Resource Management, 13 Moons Program, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Extension, Human Services Division, and the Ojibwe School.

  • 2017

    Food Sovereignty Initiative

    Food Sovereignty Initiative Strategic Plan was developed and put into place.

  • 2017-18

    High Tunnels Installed

    High tunnels installed at each of the three Fond du Lac districts.

  • 2017

    Farm Purchase

    Purchase of Farm Property on Cary Rd.

  • 2018

    Producer Training Program

    Producer Training Program Grant Writing & Field prep.

  • 2019

    Food Sovereignty Assessment

    Food Sovereignty Assessment begins.

  • 2019

    First Growing Season @ Gitigaaning & Bimaaji’idiwin Producer Training Program Begins

    • 2019 ‘Pilot’ program (7 producers)
    • 2020 Year 2 (16 producers @ Gitigaaning) 20 total?
    • 2021 Year 3 (19 producers @ Gitigaaning) 36 total?
    • 2022 Year 4 (21 producers @ Gitigaaning)
    • 2023 Year 5 (in progress)
  • 2020

    Gitigaaning Infrastructure Improvements and Expansion

    • Na’eniminigamig is built with CARES Act Funding
    • Orchard
    • Bimiginogaan (Grow Dome) created for season extension
    • Fencing/wells
  • 2022

    Agricultural Division

    Agricultural Division begins; hire Division Director and Na’eniminigamig Manager.

  • 2022

    Fencing & Irrigation Set

    Fencing & Irrigation Set installed.

  • 2022

    Pollinator Gardens

    Pollinator gardens established through a partnership with Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District’s Lawns to Legume Program. Locations include; the Orchard, North Meadow, the House, and outside of Na’enimonigamig/by root cellar.

  • 2022

    Buffalo Feasibility Study

    Buffalo Feasibility Study conducted.

  • 2023

    Campus Updates

    Na’enimonigamig and Gitigaaning declared a smoke-free campus; Giizh Agaton Howes “Seed Savers” mural installed at Na’enimonigamig.