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Restoring the Place of Nut Trees in Haudenosaunee Foodscapes

Nut trees native to the temperate Northeast are uniquely positioned to contribute to sustainable agriculture — providing economic and nutritional value while promoting soil and water conservation, human and wildlife habitat, and important ecosystem services. They also provided critical sustenance before and during the development of agriculture in pre-colonial North America. Sam Bosco is working with Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse, aka Iroquois) communities to further remember and restore their tradition foodways — much of which was lost during colonization — of integrating nut trees into a sustainable food system. Bosco’s work includes facilitating nut tree cultivation, and co-developing culturally-specific curricula, resources, and activities to expand interest and consumption of nuts.

The Team

  • Graduate student: Sam Bosco, School of Integrative Plant Science – Horticulture
  • Special committee chair: Jane Mt. Pleasant, School of Integrative Plant Science – Horticulture, and American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Community partner: Tuscarora Nation
  • Community partner: Niagara-Wheatfield Middle School

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