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The 18th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference
"Growing Back Stronger"

Session Descriptions
Friday, March 18, 2022


Lauren Marquardt

Co-Executive Director, MIFFS

Welcome to the 18th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference. This conference offers beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. Thanks for joining us today!


Manoomin: The Indigenous Spiritual and Cultural Life Source Panel Discussion

Barb Barton, Roger LaBine, Nat Spurr,

Courtney Collia and Jannan Cornstalk

A panel discussion about Wild Rice in the Great Lakes region: Experts in historical distribution, ecology, restoration, protection, cultural and spiritual connection will share their views on the significance of this traditional food source and keystone species.


Land Back/Land Access: Rights to Stewardship Panel Discussion

Nbiish Kenwabikise, Jerry Jondreau,

Katy Bresette and Reaiah True

Panel Discussion regarding sustainable indigenous ways of land and water usage that will be employed in the occurrence of land transfer. A look into the need for land management, sustainable agriculture and bridge between Indigenous Land Rights and Rights of Black/Brown Community in Land Access.


Welcome Back!

Dr. Eunice Foster

Michigan State University


Storytelling & Cooking Experience:

Rosebud Bear Schneider

Anishnaabe, Shawnee, P'urhepecha.

Rosebud is farmer, producer and community organizer born and raised in Detroit. Her involvement with indigenous food sovereignty work spans over the last 15 years; first as a breastfeeding educator and maternal infant homevisitor with Healthy Start and WIC and then as a farmer and nutrition educator with the Sacred Roots food sovereignty project in Detroit. Her time with Sacred Roots illuminated the passion Rosebud had to feed and care for her community. She also expanded her roots throughout the Detroit Agriculture network as a farmer and former board member at Keep Growing Detroit. As a producer she continues to provide traditional foods across turtle island. Rosebud remains dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of our community by educating on the importance of revitalizing Indigenous foodways. Her lifelong goal is to give her children and the coming generations the knowledge and skills to live a well-rounded healthy life woven with our ancestral ways.


Indigenous Identity and Food Relations

Martin Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University

Join Dr. Martin Reinhardt as he shares insights from the research he conducted on the Decolonizing Diet Project. Discussion will focus on re-centering our identities and how that can positively impact our relations with the world around us including those with our plant and animal relatives.


Musical Performance with Hadassah GreenSky


Hadassah GreenSky is a Anishinaabe (LTBB Odawa) artist and multi-instrumentalist living in Detroit, Michigan. She is a graphic designer and painter, as well as a bead worker, dancer, seamstress and fashion designer, having learned through her experience dancing in powwows, and hand making regalia and beadwork. She is a community organizer and model, having modeled for a viral photo taken July 1st, 2020 at the base of the old Christopher Columbus statue in Detroit. She is also the premier female Native jazz vocalist in the Detroit area, having attended The New School in NYC for jazz vocal performance and studying under the top jazz educators in Detroit.

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