Ekvn-Yefolecv is an Indigenous Maskoke ecovillage that is building an agricultural complex to conserve/restore culturally significant, yet threatened, animals species such as bison and sturgeon in order to decolonize residents' diets with traditional, bioregional animal proteins and organically grown vegetables. Ekvn-Yefolecv's aquaponics facility hosts the sturgeon, a sacred fish species that residents of the ecovillage not only harvest for food, but are releasing back into the Coosa watershed from which the species was extirpated in the 1950's. Additionally, the ecovillage operates a language immersion program wherein students participate in regenerative agriculture as a part of the daily curriculum. The goal of their project is to manifest a decolonization paradigm committed to linguistic, cultural and ecological sustainability, in which they are relearning how to eat healthy as well as how to appreciate food that is grown and harvested in accordance with their traditional ceremonial cycles.
Population Served: Tribal community or community members
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, Provides nutrition education to community members, Improves health outcomes for community members, Generates revenues for local economy, Builds community assets