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LEC Community Garden Home to Day of the Dead Marigolds

LEC is honored that our Community Garden is home for the marigolds growing for Mankato's Day of the Dead Celebration in October.  On Saturday, June 8th Day of the Dead Committee Members, other community members, and LEC staff and volunteers gathered to bless the seeds, plants, and land.

The ceremony was Indigenous Women-led and rooted in Mesoamerican Indigenous cultural practices.  After the ceremony those in attendance planted the marigold seedlings.  They will be tended by LEC staff and volunteers until they are ready to be harvested for use on the Day of the Dead altars for the October 26th celebration.

LEC would like to thank the Day of the Dead Committee and it's cultural leaders for sharing their traditions and ceremonies with us.  We felt truly honored to participate in the day.