Garden co-operative on reserve subject of APTN documentary

An organic garden co-operative on a Saskatchewan the Muskoday First Nation will be the subject of a documentary being filmed this week for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network and SCN, a regional public educational broadcaster.

MUSKODAY FIRST NATION, Sask. — An organic garden co-operative on a Saskatchewan the Muskoday First Nation will be the subject of a documentary being filmed this week for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network and SCN, a regional public educational broadcaster.

Noah Erenberg, director and writer of the show, said the documentary being shot by a Winnipeg crew is part of the a 12-show series called One With Nature.

The series focuses on traditional First Nations knowledge mixed with modern technologies to do something unique and beneficial for aboriginal people.

Harvey Knight, president of the garden co-op on the Muskoday First Nation, said APTN came to them with the idea.

“They were interested because the co-op garden is unique,” he said.

The garden grows all traditional aboriginal vegetables — the same kinds that were grown hundreds of years ago.

Knight said it is a tradition that had been lost in the last 50 years.

The garden also has 12 employees from the First Nation who work in all aspects of the garden.

“We are helping them overcome the problems of poverty of people on welfare,” explained Knight.

The garden is completely organic — absolutely no chemicals are used.

The series will run in September 2010 with each episode lasting half an hour featuring First Nations communities from all over Canada.

The reserve is located near Prince Albert, Sask.

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