Iroquois White Corn Project

The Center for Imaging Science at RIT has joined an exciting new entrepreneurial program in conjunction with Ganondagan State Historic Site, the Friends of Ganondagan, the Seneca Nation of Indians, and SUNY Oswego to grow, process and sell Iroquois White Corn. With initial support from the Office of the President of RIT, Ganondagan's Iroquois White Corn Project resurrects an ancient farming practice that will grow traditional "white corn" previously grown by the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Unlike readily available sweet corn, Native white corn is a low glycemic index food with a much more powerful flavor than that of sweet corn. White corn has large white kernels and only 8 rows on an ear. The low glycemic index quality of white corn helps prevent the onset of diabetes, a growing problem in both the Native communities and the larger population as well.

  

White corn was farmed by the Iroquois for more than 11,000 years, but was abandoned by the Europeans who settled in the "new world" in favor of sweet corn. Today less than a total of  75 acres of land are dedicated worldwide to the growth of white corn. 

The Iroquois White Corn Project will not only begin growing an additional 5 acres of genetic heritage white corn, but it will engage faculty, students and staff from RIT and SUNY Oswego as well as members of the Native community to develop businesses around this important historic food source.

Contact Dr. Roger Dube, (585) 475-5836, Director of RIT's participation in Ganondagan's Iroquois White Corn Project, for more information. 

Last Modified: 11:14am 14 Apr 11