RHINELANDER - A group of people in Rhinelander held ricing sticks for the first time Sunday. They learned how to use these sticks to gather Wild Rice.
Scott and Ann Eshelman hosted a demonstration on how to harvest the native seeds.
Ann has been ricing for nearly 60 years. She and her husband were excited to share a family tradition with others.
"This is the property my family has owned since before I was born," said Ann. "I grew up picking rice here. Picking rice has always been a real important tradition for my family."
The Eshelman's taught those who came about their efforts to keep their land biologically diverse.They partnered with the Northwoods Land Trust to create conservation rules.
"We've entered into an agreement with them to help protect this land forever," said Scott. "Even after we sell it, the next owners will have to abide by the conservation easement that we've agreed to."
The rice harvested Sunday will be processed and sold at the Harvest Hoedown later this month. All the proceeds will benefit the Rhinelander food pantry.