The Abenaki Heritage Garden is a “three-sisters” garden with traditional corn, bean and squash varieties grown much as the Abenaki would have cultivated them 900 years ago. The garden is intended to honor the agricultural heritage of the Abenaki in the Intervale, educate the public about Abenaki history and culture and grow food for the Abenaki community.
Watch a video featuring the Abenaki Heritage Harvest in September 2010.
The Abenaki Heritage Garden was established in 2009 by a group of community volunteers led by the Burlington Area Community Gardens (BACG) Advisory Board. Working closely with the St. Francis/Sokoki band of the Abenaki Nation at Missiquoi, the Intervale Center, Gardener’s Supply Company, the US Department of Agriculture and the University of Vermont, the group developed a demonstration garden at the Intervale, and a sister garden at the tribal headquarters in Swanton.
The Abenaki Heritage Garden is now an Intervale Center project with a community advisory board made up of representative from BACG (a program of Burlington Parks & Recreation), the St. Francis/Sokoki band of the Abenaki Nation at Missiquoi, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and UVM’s Environmental Program.
The Abenaki Heritage garden is open for self-guided tours during daylight hours. Maps are available in the Intervale Information Kiosk.
For more information about the garden, a guided tour, or to volunteer, please contact Rob Hunt.