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Victor, NY— Individuals looking to incorporate healthy cooking and eating into their lives have a unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on series of three cooking classes featuring Ganondagan’s traditional Iroquois White Corn. This is a nutritious heirloom seed dating back at least 1,400 years and still central to healthy lives and healthy communities of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people.

The series begins on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am-1 pm. Participants will learn the importance of Iroquois White Corn to the culture and how to cook with it, then help prepare a tasty and healthy meal and gather together to enjoy the results. The series exemplifies indigenous contemporary cuisine in the 21st century.

The first class features a delicious New Mexican-themed meal using the corn and a variety of other foods. Lauren Jimerson (Seneca) will impart a holistic approach to food as the group creates healthy meals and healthy community. The menu features posole (traditional New Mexican stew), corn bread, and an Iroquois White Corn dessert. Friends of Ganondagan will work to accommodate dietary needs.

“We live in a society that often misses connections,” said Meg Joseph, executive director of Friends of Ganondagan. “By returning to a community approach to cooking, we are not only making our bodies healthy but also enriching our lives.”

The two subsequent classes, October 1 and October 15, feature a Brunch (roasted corn pancakes, sausage, with optional vegan version, and white corn porridge) and a Munchie Night (pizza, Three Sisters salad, cauliflower wings, and Iroquois White Corn cookies). Over the course of the series, participants will use the Iroquois White Corn products—roasted and unroasted white corn flour and hulled whole corn—to see firsthand the benefits of preparing and enjoying the Iroquois White Corn together.

Individual class admission is $30/general public; $25/Friends of Ganondagan members. Classes are appropriate for ages 12 and older with adult. Participants can choose to attend one, two, or all three classes. The event is held at the Ganondagan Farmhouse, 7191 County Road 41, Victor. Registration is limited to 15 per class, so pre-registration is required. Register for the first class by September 10 by calling (585) 742-1690, or online at This event is made possible through the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.


Who/What: Iroquois White Corn Community Cooking Class Series, ages 12+

When: September 17, October 1, October 15, 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Ganondagan Farmhouse, 7191 County Rd. 41, Victor, NY

Admission: $30 general public/$25 Friends of Ganondagan members—must pre-register one week in advance of each class by calling (585) 742-1690 or online here: