Quapaw Nation Agriculture
Since 2010, the Quapaw Nation has been making agriculture and farm-to-table initiatives a tribal priority. Quapaw Nation's lands include one of the country's oldest SUPERFUND hazardous waste dump sites, the result of external lead mining operations that devastated the land. The Nation has undertaken the efforts to improve these lands, and through this dedicated remediation process, the land is slowly being reintroduced as productive farm land to be used to hold the Nation’s Black Angus and bison herds and can be used for row crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, and canola. The Nation also constructed four greenhouses in 2010, and has since expanded to six greenhouses and outdoor raised beds since that time, as well as establishing bee hives at various locations to make honey that is used in Quapaw's brewery, spa, and casino restaurants. In 2016, Quapaw built a coffee roasting facility to accommodate tribal offices and casinos as well as retail sales, and the Nation also started a dog training facility that year to train Belgian Malinois to help local law enforcement. The trainers are now in the process of working with the dogs to teach them to detect common foodborne bacteria including pathogenic E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. Once completed, they will be some of the first dogs in the world to be certified in pathogen detection in foods, helping make the food supply safer for Quapaw Nation and the country. In 2017, Quapaw built a $5-million processing facility and adjacent feeding facility that was the first USDA inspected red meat processing plant that is tribally owned and operated on trust land. The processing facility is the only USDA Tribal Meat Grader in the United States. Most recently, in 2019, Quapaw Nation started a farmer’s market to increase access to healthy foods and provide nutrition education to community members. The Nation's Agriculture Department leads all these efforts, improving the health, wellness, and economic stability for the Nation's members and the surrounding community.
Key Words: Food Access, Educational Program, Food Access, Health and Wellness, Cooking Demonstration, Traditional Foods
Population Served: Elders, Native Youth, Farmers, Ranchers, Producers, Low income families, Tribal community or community members, Veterans
Scope of Work: Increases healthy food, Increases access to traditional food, Builds wealth within the tribal community, Develops skills and opportunities for tribal community members, Improves viability of local agriculture, Improves policies that promote healthy food and healthy communities, Generates revenues for local economy, Builds community assets