First, welcome! I am so glad you are here. My name is Kathleen Ratteree. I am a mother of two spunky kids, an author, a farmer/gardener/wild forager and a second year doctoral student of First Nation Education at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I am working to become a better non-Native ally, meaning I hope to use my own spheres of influence and privilege to serve and empower indigenous communities in my home state of Wisconsin. My family and I live on the original homelands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk.

What I Hope To Do on this Site:

  • Share my love of homesteading, foraging and growing things, raising little ones (both animal and human) and our family journey in learning how to care for this spot of land
  • Share my thoughts on food sovereignty, indigenous knowledge and “4 Rs:” Relationship, Responsibility, Respect (Rosemary Ackely Christiansen 2013). I am always learning and I will share my learning journey – and invite you to share yours! – here on this blog.
  • Share stories, jokes and guest editorials from my learning community. These will be designed to empower, inspire and motivate others to do their own work in their own communities.

I am blogging publicly to motivate myself to write regularly, to sharpen my critical thinking and research skills. To help me strengthen my connections to my own learning community with relationships at the center. And to continue my journey to become a stronger, more effective ally.

Migwetch! Waewaenen! Pinagigi! Thank you!

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