SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER, ON – Sept 26, 2018- Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporations (SNGRDC), sub-department Our Sustenance, is hosting a FREE Fall Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 4 to celebrate the start of the harvest season. Six Nations community members along with visitors to the territory will have the chance to enjoy this family-oriented event, participate in some fall-themed activities, and learn about the new programming at the Our Sustenance Café and Greenhouse.

“Over the past few months, Our Sustenance has overgone a number of changes aimed at increasing the long-term sustainability of the program. Self-sufficiency is the primary goal, which will allow for greater investment into the infrastructure and staff at the Our Sustenance Café and Greenhouse,” said Nicole Hill, Business Manager at Our Sustenance. Over the summer months, construction has taken place to revitalize the barn into an organic poultry farm. The eggs from the chickens will be sold for community consumption but also used in the new Garden Café which will open for Breakfast and Lunch in November 2018. The new café will be an authentic “Farm to Fork Experience” with vegetables grown in the greenhouse, honey from the apiary, and eggs from the poultry farm used right in the kitchen.

            The Fall Harvest Festival expects to see over 150 people, with 19 information booths or vendors, and numerous free activities.  Free event stations include:  Apple sling shot, needle in a haystack, cornhusk bracelet making, scarecrow contests, face painting, bouncy castles, a selfie photobooth area, a kid’s area (including ring toss, and giant jenga), and live music from community member, James Wilson. Attendees will also have the opportunity to support local businesses and people by purchasing items from various Six Nations vendors. 

“We are so thankful to our event supporters, as well as our Community Collaborator event sponsors. Their generous contributions have allowed us to host this FREE event,” said Tabitha Curley, Manager of Communications & Stakeholder Relations at SNGRDC. The SNGRDC Community Collaborator program gives SNGRDC’s business partners an opportunity to engage with the Six Nations Community on an on-going basis while supporting local events and initiatives to help make a meaningful and lasting difference in the community in which they do business with. For information about the festival, like their event’s page on Facebook.

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