2023 Season in Photos
It was a very exciting year for the Wild Rice Project, for the Finland Wild Rice House (processor,) and not to mention..Wild Rice harvesters! Here is a summary and some of our favorite photos from the season!
In the Wild Rice Project’s mentorship program this year, 5 new mentors and 15 new mentees participated and at least 14 mentees from previous years got out to rice on their own!
Harvesters across most of the area finally enjoyed a plentiful crop for the first time in several years. As a result, the Finland Wild Rice House saw a record amount of rice come through its doors this season, with the final tally coming in at around 15,000 pounds of green rice processed, and 8,700 lbs finished! Also at the processor: 4 new apprentices were trained, and several new connections were made with aspiring DIY and home processors, who we hope to collaborate and brainstorm with more in the future.
The Wild Rice Project focused a lot of energy this year on educational and community events as well.
One of the highlights was the Pushpole and “knocker” making class week at the Northshore Agroecology Center Barn. The Wild Rice Project was honored to be the first to make use of this space for a community class since its remodel.
Instructor, Ryan Bajan, came down from Ely/Bois Forte and taught a full-day official class to 13 students. Slim continued to instruct and guide students and community members through the steps to finishing their pieces over the next week.
In addition to these workshops, the Wild Rice Project hosted a Season Opener Community Feast followed by an insightful roundtable skillshare; and earlier in the spring, two important webinars. Recordings of these and other past topics can be found on the “Learn” tab, or by clicking below;
At the end of the season, the Finland Wild Rice House gave a hands-on tour to a group of Naturalists from the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in exchange for their much appreciated help in stacking wood for next year and cleaning/closing-up shop for the season.
Lastly, the Wild Rice Project had a table at the Booya Harvest Festival in October, both to showcase the achievements of the program over the years AND to raise funds for future dreams and endevours (and maintenance!) at the processor. Below are photos of the display from that day, and the sentiments that it revealed.
This fundraising effort will continue through the fall and winter as we reflect and plan for the next season at the processor and how it will blend into the next chapter for the Finland Wild Rice Project.
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