Enka:ri Farm is home and hangout to innumerable creatures. Both cultivated and wild plantings offer shade, shelter, and food to birds and bugs who just drop in or spend a lifetime here.
Hello, Welcome, Shé:kon.
My name is Jennie and I practice indigenous land stewardship on Haudenosaunee Land in Western New York. I purchased 30 acres of fields and forest in 2017 and founded Enka:ri Farm here, where I’m building a diverse and sustainable ecology in stark contrast to the neighboring fields of conventional corn & soy and encroaching upscale suburban development.
Enka:ri is a Kanien’keha (Mohawk) word meaning ‘it ill ripen,” for the faith and patience inherent to farming. My cultivated gardens for the business side of things follow the foraging principle that I should use no more than 1/3 of what I’ve ‘found.’ So, these gardens are surrounded by wildflower-filled meadows which welcome bugs and birds and snakes and burrowers.
The main field space is edged by forest on 3 sides; marsh hawks swoop by; herons coast over, and deer tip toe in for their crepuscular snacking.
Hazelnut and aronia berry shrubs at Enka:ri are safe nesting places for goldfinches, redwing blackbirds, and many others in spring.
No-till farming maintains safe ground for our native bees who burrow below the surface.
And alas, not one of these creatures throws a dime at my bottom line. After all I do for them, imagine the brazenness of the freeloading fox!
Friends, I kid. In all seriousness though, your support of this work helps with land management costs: equipment, property taxes, native perennial plant purchases, and the like.
Let’s protect these species and their habitats. Thank you!
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