Upland Organics is located just 3 miles east of the village of Wood Mountain which is approximately 30 minutes north of the Canada-USA border.
The Wood Mountain Uplands
Upland Organics and gets its name from it’s proximity to the Wood Mountain Uplands formation. The Wood Mountain Uplands has a maximum elevation of 1,013 m and are located just east of Cypress Hills. These uplands stood higher than the ice sheet of the last glacier period and as a result, are covered with varying amounts of glacial till with some higher areas still containing the sands and gravels. As a result of the retreating glacier, this area is characterized by many hills and valleys sometimes making farming in this unique area a real challenge! The village of Wood Mountain is located on the most northern part of the plateau while the Grasslands National Park is located to the southwest.
The Connection to Indigenous Land Rights
We are located in Treaty 4 (Qu’Appelle Treaty) which was established in 1874. Treaty 4 ceded indigenous territory to the federal government in exchange for payments, provisions, and the right to reserve lands. The lands make up present-day Saskatchewan, and small portions of western Manitoba and southern Alberta and includes 35 First Nations, including our local Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation.
You can find out more about Indigenous Land Rights at https://www.whose.land/en/.