The Transformation Project
Transformation Project 2013 at 83 Wellington is back in action with the ground ready to plant. Cold weather vegetables are in the ground. Warm weather vegetable plants are in pots at Debajehmujig Creation Centre ready and waiting for the last frost. This summer‘s transformational highlights include a variety of building projects, as well as the 83 wellington house project. Also, the rock pile at the back end of the lot at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre will be transforming in order to build a Welsh wall on the south east side facing the pharmacy of Manitowaning. This will include raised beds and a cob oven incorporated into the wall. There will also be a concrete pad made along the back wall of the Debajehmujig Creation Centre going out 16 feet to offer an opportunity for more programming. This will all tie into the 6 foot festival ready to celebrate in the fall of 2013.
However, a cob oven is of no use without food to cook! Part of the Transformation Project is growing and harvesting food. In 2012 Debajehmujig grew a seed garden, focusing on non-GMO, heirloom, open-pollinated seeds that can be passed on from one generation to the next. No more buying seed from the stores! Debajehmujig hosted its’ second annual Seed Swap this year, which brings the community together to feast and share seed.
Debajehmujig also planted their first crop of garlic seed last fall at Gino and Natalie Cacciotti’s farm. Gino and Natalie have partnered with Debajehmujig to build on the Transformation Project. They have hosted several workshops including pruning, planting, soil preparation, harvesting dandelions, animal harvesting, hide tanning, stock making, bread making, cob oven workshops, making tool handles, knife making, canning, cold frame construction, just to name a few.
One of the underlying goals of the Transformation Project is to move away from industry and big corporation towards a community of self-sufficiency. Part of achieving this goal is to use recycled materials as much as possible, and to trade and barter with community partners as much as possible.
We have a philosophy before we create Art. It’s to take care of ourselves first. So we look at the “Four Axes” which is Plant, Build, Harvest and Hunt. This is one of the foundation teachings which is in-graved in stone at Peterbourgh petroglyphs .