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INDIAN COUNTRY COMMUNITY ASSET DIRECTORY

FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND HEALTH EQUITY INNOVATIONS


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Dream of Wild Health

Dream of Wild Health (DWH) is one of the longest continually operating Native nonprofits in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, seeking to recover and preserve the traditional relationship between Native people and traditional plants.

Quick Stats

  • Leads the Indigenous Food Network and is a founding member of the Indigenous Seedkeepers’ Alliance.
  • DWH farm has grown over 7 tons of produce delivered to native community members.
  • DWH programming serves over 5,000 people annually.

Dynamic Programs Offer Many Learning Opportunities

DWH offers three main types of programming: 1) youth and educational programs; 2) a community garden; and 3) community classes. The significant array of youth and educational programs that DWH offers include three distinct programs: one serving children ages 8-12 (Cora’s Kids), one serving youth ages 13-18 (Garden Warriors), and one serving youth 18 and above (Youth Leaders). Youth programming offers immersive opportunities to connect with culture through farming, gardening, seed cultivation, cooking, agricultural economics, personal finances, and leadership.

Community garden programs are maintained by local volunteers, creating a link between people and healthy, traditional foods. General community programming involves an array of sessions, such as traditional cooking classes, seed sales, workshops on traditional practices, and much more.

It’s important to support organizations that are working with their own community and know the strengths to build upon when working with challenges and limitations. These are the organizations that can help community members succeed in the future, they may just need support to leverage and enhance those effort.

Key Partnerships Expand Capacity

The staff of DWH is dedicated and passionate about the work, and as a relatively small organization, capacity and resources are limited.  Strengthening the organization’s infrastructure and increase support and compensation for staff is a current challenge, but Dream of Wild Health’s networks of relationships continue to drive its ability to offer very high-level programs.  Partnering with local chefs like Brian Yazzie, the Seed Keepers Network and the Indigenous Foods Network has increased their capacity considerably in their programs and in influencing long-term systems change in the overall health of the Native community.

For more information, please contact Dream of Wild Health.

 

Bibliography

 

Snyder, Neely. Interview by Sarah Ballew, Headwater People. 6 June 2019.

 

Dream of Wild Health Family of Sites. Dream of Wild Health. https://dreamofwildhealth.org/.


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