The ASKÎY PROJECT [Youth INTERNSHIP]
The askîy project is an urban agriculture internship that engages both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn together about growing, harvesting, and selling food through an innovative model. Its five key focus areas are: growing food and food skills, enhancing cultural connections, promoting environmental sustainability, creating social enterprise, and engaging youth.
GROW WHERE YOU’VE NEVER GROWN BEFORE
askîy [uh-SKI] is a Cree word meaning “earth”
kiscikânis [kiss-chi-GA-nis] is a Cree word meaning “garden”
The main growing site, kiscikânis, is located near Station 20 West. This area is considered a “brownfield” site, a former industrial site that may have soil contamination. Because of this, kiscikânis uses over 400 repurposed blue food-grade plastic containers for planting. The site grows a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs each year as well as hosts educational workshops, demonstrations, and tours for groups.
In 2017, the askîy project won best small project at the national Brownie Awards, recognizing projects that re-purpose brownfield sites in positive ways.