Community Garden

In response to community member requests, the KBIC Natural Resources Department has established a “People’s Garden” near the walleye rearing ponds and New Day (Brewery Road) in L’Anse.  Funding for the garden was provided through the KBIC Natural Resources Committee and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We are currently growing tomatoes, peppers, green beans, squash, peas, corn, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, and zucchini. 

The purpose of the garden is to provide KBIC community members access to fresh, locally grown produce. Community members are encouraged to volunteer at the garden (weeding, watering, harvesting) in exchange for fresh produce. Vegetables will be distributed based on time spent helping in the garden. 

There are many foods to be found in area waters, forests, and markets. If we grow our own food and have control over our food supply, we decide on the quality of food we eat.  Vegetable gardens and local farmers markets provide a variety of crops without the extra cost of storage, packaging and transportation. There are many health benefits to using non-processed foods.  Learning to harvest encourages self-reliance and traditions that have been here for generations. 

For more information please contact Karena Schmidt ( or Kathy Smith (


KBIC/NRD COVID19 Guidelines For Safe Community Gardening

Garden For Heart-Volunteer and Share in the Bounty of what is produced from the Community Garden

Sage Give Away- Grow your very own Sage.

KBIC/NRD Community Garden Plot Participants for 2020


In the spring of 2019, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) was awarded funds to promote intergenerational learning and access to healthy foods and  medicines through the Debweyendan (“believe in it”) Indigenous Gardens (DIGs) initiative. DIGs aims to promote food sovereignty, strengthen wellbeing and  cultural identity, and sustain knowledge for future generations. Read all about this project here!