The Gann Farm acknowledges the sacred land where we farm, teach, learn, and build community, which has been a site of human activity for many thousands of years, long before we started applying our own stories and traditions to this land. This land is the sacred home of the Massachusett and their neighbors the Wampanoag, Pawtucket, and Nipmuc Peoples, who stewarded this land for hundreds of generations. Today, the Boston area is home to thousands of Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work the land here.
For more than five hundred years, Indigenous communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts by invaders to separate them from their land, culture, and community. Too often their history is erased. As Jews we have experienced exile and persecution, and as part of the larger process of decolonization and reconciliation, we extend our respect to citizens of these Nations who live here today, and their ancestors who have lived here for over five hundred generations, and to all Indigenous people. We also affirm that this acknowledgement is insufficient. It does not undo the harm that has been done and continues to be perpetrated now against Indigenous people, their culture, land, and water.
We have begun to build a relationship with the Native Land Conservancy, a local “Native-run land conservation group with a mission to preserve healthy landscapes for all living things and help restore land back to its original state wherever possible.” Inspired by the practice of Maaser (tithing) we have begun to give a land tax of 5% of our sales to NLC, to support their work of land access and restoration for local native communities.
(Inspired by the land acknowledgments of the Adamah/Isabella Freedman, Kavod, and the Upstander project.)