To mark the beginning of what will soon become the Howe Sound Secondary farm, Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss) of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) held a land offering ceremony on March 2.
The event gathered dozens at the Howe Sound Secondary field, including organizers, students and some elected officials.
This occasion was organized by Squamish CAN, in partnership with SD48, Squamish Food Policy Council, Farm to School B.C., the District of Squamish and the Squamish Lillooet Regional District.
Spukwus sung songs honouring the wolves, orcas, beavers and eagles, and encouraged the crowd to join in each animal's particular dance.
Members of Squamish CAN were also offering bits of lavender to students, who were instructed by Spukwus to sprinkle it along the land that would soon become the farm.
***March 2, 3:49 p.m. Please note this story has been corrected to show that the farm is a place for students to grow food, but it is not a community garden.