Beyond Local: Niigaaniin Services repurposing tree nursery to grow fresh food – Thorold News

Indigenous social services agency sees Thessalon First Nation’s Bio Centre as a hub of opportunity for food sovereignty, land-based detox and alternative justice for First Nations along the north shore

An agency providing social assistance and employment services to First Nations along the north shore sees a former tree seedling operation in the Thessalon area as an opportunity to move towards food sovereignty while providing a safe space for those living with mental health and addiction issues or who are caught up in the justice system.

Niigaaniin Services is working in partnership with Thessalon First Nation to repurpose the community’s Bio Centre — a site consisting of greenhouses, 80 acres of farmland and cold storage facilities with a licensed area for organic food processing and packaging — and transform it into a place where fresh produce is grown and distributed to the communities it serves.

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