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Lillooet Garlic Business is a Sweet Success

A First Nations (Native American) Community Garden has blossomed into a business success in Lillooet, British Columbia.

The Ucwalmicw’s Community Garden, a food security initiative of the T’it’q’et First Nation in Lillooet, is now selling 100 percent chemical-free (no pesticides or herbicides) garlic to two grocery store chains in British Columbia.  The garden plans to achieve organic certification later this summer.

According to a recent article in the Lillooet News, Ucwalmicw means “People of the Land” in the St’at’imcets language. The article reports that the garlic is grown with respect for the land and respect for the people, following a 500-year tradition of growing sustainable produce.

Anyone who has been to Lillooet knows that the area has ideal conditions for a wide variety of crops, from berries to grapes, fruit trees to hops, carrots, tomatoes…and obviously great garlic.

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