CCG is the living learning laboratory of our NATURE Lab Initiative, where food justice and food apartheid is intertwined with environmental justice. Here, we collaborate with our community to convert a once-forgotten space into an edible landscape that promotes solidarity and accessibility to nutritious food.
In North Central Troy, centuries of bad industrial practices have poisoned our soil and water. Through Collard City Growers programming, participants learn the history of their urban environment, the harsh pollutants that the North Troy landscape has withstood throughout years of industrialization, and how they can work to ecologically revitalize the area.
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Here at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Central Troy, NY, let us remember whose land we are on: just feet from our door, a Mohican village named Unawat’s Castle had a sacred burial ground. The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans were forced by colonial policies of the United States government, to leave their homes on our shore of the Hudson River, relocated from Troy to Massachusetts to Wisconsin. Mohican means “People from the waters that are never still.”