This Zoom Lunch & Learn by local historian Mary Ellen Lepionka compares the practices of indigenous and colonial farmers on Cape Ann during the 17th century. Who were they? How and where did they plant? What did they grow? How did land pass from Algonquians to colonists on Cape Ann? What role did enslaved people and freed slaves play in the Cape Ann farm economy? Was Dogtown farmed? What can we learn from indigenous growers about conserving land, managing trees, using our soil and water, cultivating crops for food and medicine, preserving harvests, and saving seed? What inspiration can we draw from Algonquian garden designs and community feasting?


  • Occurred Thursday, April 8th, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm