The concept of “Sankofa” is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. “Sankofa” is expressed in the Akan

Why Sankofa?

The concept of “Sankofa” is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa.

“Sankofa” is expressed in the Akan language asSankofa bird “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated, this means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot”.

“Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone, or been stripped of can be reclaimed, revived, preserved, and perpetuated.

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Workshops are free or low-cost community cooking and skill-building classes co-led by community members and the Sankofa Garden team.

Gardening 101 by Lori Caldwell

Learn how easy and fun gardening can be!! Join me to learn the basics to be a successful first-time gardener. Topics will include deciphering garden terminology, plants 101, healthy soil building, transplanting and plant choice by season, seeds vs. starts, non-toxic pest control, reuse in the garden and tips and tricks.

Eat What You Grow by Lori Caldwell

There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. We will cover topics such as: crop rotation, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting seedlings, watering /irrigation and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on reuse materials will also be discussed.s

Gardening for Renters by Lori Caldwell

Are you a renter who wants to garden? This class can help you navigate small spaces so you can! Topics will include container gardening, indoor gardening, working with your landlord, free/low-cost resources, reuse options & maintaining your garden

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