Collard City Growers

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, learning, healing, and food autonomy.

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.

Looking for ways to get involved? Contact: [email protected]

Planting garlic at CCG with volunteers, November 2020.

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, and relocated from Troy to Massachusetts to Wisconsin. It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that Collard City Growers, and the campus of the Sanctuary for Independent Media, resides upon the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are Indigenous peoples of the lands of New York. Despite tremendous hardships and being forced from their lands, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors, past and present, as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.
Mohican means “People from the waters that are never still.”