THE SCHAGHTICOKE LAND RECLAMATION PROJECT: #LANDBACK

Weaving Together Conservation and Sustainable Development for Our Present and Future Generations

The Schaghticoke First Nations Land Reclamation Project seeks to restore the physical and spiritual connection of the indigenous Schaghticoke Peoples in the Hudson Valley to conserve land for future generations, repair the damaged ecosystem, increase biodiversity, contribute to the mitigation of climate change, and promote sustainable agro-food-forestry using indigenous traditional knowledge. In 2019, SFN completed the first phase of the Schaghticoke Land Reclamation Project with the acquisition of 73 acres of land in Columbia County, New York. SFN is currently engaging in the second phase of the project with the development of its agro-food-forestry initiative. The land is called Caskoak meaning "a safe place" or "place of the heron."

Weston Nash Hawk Storm and Baxter Clinto
 

2021 SCHAGHTICOKE HARVEST GATHERING

A gathering at Caskoak for community members and special, invited guests. The event included a community meal and activities for youth and was led by Clan Mother Aldonna "Snowbird" Powell Johnson.

 
 

BLUEBERRY ORCHARD CLEANUP 2020

At Caskoak, SFN and SFN, Inc. are creating a food forest, or edible forest garden, which is an indigenous food production strategy that strengthens the living ecosystem, by focusing on a harmonious natural relationship not present in factory agricultural systems.