🌿 Regenerating Tekakwitha Island: A Regenerative Food Forest Journey

Reforest, Revitalize, Reclaim: Kahnawà:ke Plants a Food Forest

Community members in Kahnawà:ke join forces to bring new life to Tekakwitha Island by planting a food forest.


Original article BY MARIEKE GLORIEUX-STRYCKMAN ● NEWS ● NOVEMBER 29, 2023

Graham Calder explains the lasagna garden technique. This technique will help improve the soil quality of the food forest. PHOTO: Marieke Glorieux-Stryckman


In the windswept embrace of Tekakwitha Island, community members in Kahnawà:ke unite to breathe life back into the land. The island, once a desolate rocky expanse, is now witnessing the birth of a food forest, a testament to the resilience and commitment of its volunteers.

🌳 Regenerating the Island's Heart

Tekakwitha Island, born from the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s, had severed its ties with nature, leaving behind a rocky terrain inhospitable to life. However, recent efforts, including a bay restoration project, have rekindled hope. Now, a dedicated team from the Kahnawà:ke Environment Protection Office (KEPO) is creating a food forest, aiming to revive native plants and restore the island's ecological balance.

🌱 Permaculture Wisdom at Work

In the face of challenging soil quality, Marina Gosselin, KEPO's environmental projects coordinator, collaborated with Graham Calder, founder of P3 Permaculture, during a permaculture workshop. Calder introduced the lasagna garden technique, a method mirroring natural forest floor processes, demonstrating the power of permaculture in rejuvenating landscapes.