Your sweetheart deserves authentic gifts. The Mobile Farmers Market has traveled far and wide to bring you the best hand made gifts through the Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Road Trip. Earrings are priced $20-$30 and come from freshly made maple candies from Minnesota’s north woods. Learn more by clicking on the image or following this link: https://squareup.com/market/mobile-farmers-market/valentines-special
There are quite a few funding opportunities currently open. They are also posted on iacgreatlakes.com.
- First Nations Elder Grant (March 14th deadline): FNDI expects to make between four and five awards at a maximum amount of $25,000 for projects addressing elderly nutrition. More information and the online application are available at http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2014nafsi.
- First Nations Youth Grant (March 20th deadline): Another First Nations Development Institute grant opportunity is available with their Youth and Culture Fund for projects aimed at addressing a variety of social issues. Approximately 20 grants ranging between $5,000 and $20,000 will be awarded.
- Wallace Center Food Hub Grant (March 30th deadline): The Wallace Center is accepting applications promoting food hubs. Between 15 to 30 applications ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 are expected to be funded.
- USDA Community Food Project (March 31st deadline: USDA’s NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) is accepting applications for 1) Community Food Projects and 2) Planning Projects to assess food security needs and correlating long-term solutions. Technical Assistance support grants may also be awarded. The maximum awards are $300,000 for CFP and $25,000 for Planning Projects.
- ANA Grant (April 15th deadline): The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services is currently accepting applications in five different areas. Food and agriculture projects probably best fit under the economic development related areas. Applications, which are due April 15th, may be up to $500,000 and can last multiple years. Here is a list of past grant awards.
- USDA Farm to School (April 30 deadline): USDA has announced the availability of farm to school grants. There are three types of grants 1) planning, 2) implementation, and 3) support service.
- BIA Climate Change Adaptation Grants (April 30 deadline): The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for projects aimed at addressing climate change impacts. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As part of the Food Sovereignty Summit, the Mobile Farmers Market will be organizing a seed swap and trading market. Toward the end of each day on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 15th & 16th), about 4:00pm, we’ll have extra tables by our exhibit area available for Native artists and seed savers to display their goods for trade and/or sale. We’ll keep the tables open until around 6:00pm when dinner starts, and there is no fee to participate – just bring your seeds and artwork and help us by spreading the word.
The Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip has traveled thousands of miles through sixteen different states on its way to reaching Washington state where we will be setup this week for the ANTI (Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians) meeting. Along the way, we’ve introduced traditional Tribal food products into different Tribes and picked up a variety of new products. Hundreds of people have attended our market events, and we’ve also provided technical assistance by helping to spread awareness of numerous assistance programs and address specific issues.
Here are links to the other portions of the roadtrip:
The California portion of the Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip made numerous stops with outreach meetings and market events in numerous communities, including Soboba, Chumash, Tule River, the USDA State Offices in Davis, Yocha Dehe, and Coyote Valley. Click this link to read the full story on the California portion of the trip.
This portion of the trip has been more focused on outreach than products, but we did have a couple good market events and brought out the products at most of our stops.
We also added some new products to our inventory with the Yocha Dehe Tribe’s Seka Hills product line of olive oils. Their operation, which also includes vineyards, livestock, and vegetables, is impressive.
As in most of region’s on this trip, a couple more weeks (at least) in California would have been nice, but we had a tight timeline to get north to Washington for the ATNI meeting, so our route went north pretty quickly after Friday’s meetings in Coyote Valley. However, we did get a little time in the redwoods and some nice views of the Pacific Ocean and its coastline.
Our recipe of the week brings together wild rice, wildberry syrup, and white corn for an intertribal treat.
First, mix up the vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons Red Lake Nation Wildberry Syrup
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
4 tablespoons rice wine or apple cider vinegar
Then add the vinaigrette to:
2 cups cooked wild rice
1 cup cooked tsyunhehkwa white corn
1 cup cooked kidney beans (canned or fresh)
1 cup diced apples (green apples work best)
3 – 4 stalks diced celery
If this is your first time making wild rice, not that unlike brown or white rice, wild rice requires 4 cups water for every 1 cup of rice.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to post some pictures.
The Arizona portion of the Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip is currently underway. We visited Dine College on the Navajo Reservation on Tuesday, February 4th and White Mountain Apache on Wednesday, February 5th. Next up are a visit to Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA) on Thursday and a market event at their cafe on Friday, February 7th before another market event at Native Seed SEARCH in Tucson on Saturday.
Navajo, White Mountain/San Carlos Apache, and Tohono O’dham are up next at the beginning of February before we head through California on the way to the ANTI meeting and additional stops in the Pacific Northwest. Please (dan at indianaglink.com) if you would like to try scheduling a visit.
The route through Oklahoma was brief but successful, and new connections were made. We’re hoping to make another trip back at some point.
We’re very excited about adding Beidre chocolates to the inventory. While Beidre doesn’t involve agricultural production (at least not yet since we did discuss the possibility of using Tribally-produced pecans), it is a great example of how Tribal food industry can promote economic development and create local jobs.
The first leg of the “Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip” kicked off in mid-December with product pick-ups and left for Louisiana in early January. This overall effort is crossing the country on an effort to build awareness of unique Tribal food products and build new connections among Indian Nations, as well as providing direct technical support along the way. Check the page to learn more about this initial leg of the trip.
It’s impossible to leave Louisiana without the deep impression of how friendly and welcoming the people and communities are to visitors like ourselves. In the face of such challenges, these communities continue to thrive and work toward a prosperous future.