Prairie Island Food Sovereignty Program
The Prairie Island Food Sovereignty Program, serving the Prairie Island Indian Community of Southeastern Minnesota, aims to enhance food sovereignty in the tribal community. This includes expanding a new energy-efficient greenhouse in the community garden, conducting a local market analysis, initiating Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) development, engaging youth through an in-house buffalo curriculum, and incentivizing training opportunities for tribal members to support these objectives. The community serves its own garden vegetables and buffalo meat at many events and provides traditional and medicinal teas from foraged herbs.
Key Words: Community Garden or Farm, Seed Program, School-based Program, Training Program, Educational Program, Food Access, Health and Wellness, Cooking Demonstration, Traditional Foods
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, Improves policies that promote healthy food and healthy communities, Provides nutrition education to community members, Provides healthcare services to community members, Improves health outcomes for community members, Generates revenues for local economy, Builds community assets