Accepting Orders for Holiday Gift Boxes

2014 Gift Box Order Form

2014 Gift Box Order Form

Food Show and Chef’s Contest

Building on success at its semi-annual meeting last February, we headed back out to the Pacific Northwest for the ATNI (Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indian) annual meeting in Pendleton, Oregon at Umatilla’s Wildhorse Resort and Casino.  We again brought ingredients for the hotel chefs to make our native salad recipe (with their own spin) that brought together White Earth wild rice, Oneida’s Tsyunhehkwa white corn, Native Natural Anasazi beans tossed in a wild berry vinaigrette made with Yocha Dehe’s Seka Hills olive oil and Red Lake Nation Foods wild plum syrup.  The recipe also included dried cranberries and local fresh garbanzo beans.

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Luncheon Featuring All Tribally-Produced Foods

ATNI Tribal Foods Luncheon

ATNI Tribal Foods Luncheon

Food Show and Chef's Cookoff

Food Show and Chef’s Cookoff

Secret Ingredient: Beaver Tail

Secret Ingredient: Beaver Tail

Cookoff Pantry

Cookoff Pantry

White Earth Wild Rice Donated by the Mobile Farmers Market

White Earth Wild Rice Donated by the Mobile Farmers Market

Chef Jack Strong

Chef Jack Strong

Plated Submissions

Plated Submissions

Judges' Panel

Judges’ Panel

Seed Saving with the Three Sisters this Friday! JULY 25

Join us at the LCO Community College Sustainable Agriculture Research Station for a beginners course in seed saving. Learn where and when to plant the three sisters for the best seeds. This course is offered for FREE to Tribal Members and educators.

We’ll see you on Friday!

Seed Saving Flyer July 2014

Reconnecting Trade Routes: New York

Our packed schedule unfortunately doesn’t allow enough time to make it everywhere, but we were able to squeeze in a quick trip to western New York State where we are holding two events with the Seneca at Irving on Tuesday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 16th.

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Summer Update

The growing season has been off to an extremely slow start in the Great Lakes Region due to lingering effects from the harsh winter and a wet spring/early summer.  However, we’ve still had great market events with many more to come.  Here’s some pics from this summer’s events, and check out our schedule page for more information on upcoming events.

Field Trip to Seed Savers during Seed School in May

Field Trip to Seed Savers during Seed School in May

Cooking Red Lake Perch for Lunch at Seed School

Cooking Red Lake Perch for Lunch at Seed School

Chicago American Indian Center

Chicago American Indian Center

Kellogg Foundation Food & Community Conference in Detroit

Kellogg Foundation Food & Community Conference in Detroit

The van has now survived a  tornado.  Our staff member's nearby sailboat was not so lucky but should make a full recovery

The van has now survived a tornado. Our staff member’s nearby sailboat was not so lucky but should make a full recovery

 

Raising Awareness of Native Foods at Eastside Farmers in Madison, WI

Raising Awareness of Native Foods at Eastside Farmers in Madison, WI

New Fond du Lac Farmers Market

New Fond du Lac Farmers Market

Oneida Days - First Farmers Market of the Season

Oneida Days – First Farmers Market of the Season

Sault Ste Marie

Sault Ste Marie

First Commercial Transaction: Inspiring and Supporting New Producers and Food Entrepreneurs

First Commercial Transaction: Inspiring and Supporting New Producers and Food Entrepreneurs

Little Traverse Bay Band's New Farm

Little Traverse Bay Band’s New Farm

With NRCS at Saginaw Chippewa's Elijah Elk Cultural Center & Seven Generations Farm

With NRCS at Saginaw Chippewa’s Elijah Elk Cultural Center & Seven Generations Farm

 

Market at Waterfront Festival, June 7-8

The Mobile Farmers Market will be at the Waterfront Festival in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8 to help expand awareness of Native food products.  We’ll also be at the Wisconsin Tribal Tourism Conference in Oneida, as well as Red Cliff and Bad River next week.

Waterfront Festival Flyer

Waterfront Festival Flyer

Summer Schedule – Chime in!

As spring turns to summer, the Mobile Farmers Market team is looking ahead to a busy season. In order to maximize our impact, we’re sharing our draft summer schedule for market events. We only have one vehicle right now, so timing is key, and we hope that you’ll help us improve on our draft in two areas.

First, let us know if there are important events in your community that we are conflicting with or missing, especially if they’re related to food and agriculture.

Second, let us know if producers in your community would benefit from workshops focused on specific crops or methods, USDA agencies and programs, or regional food resources. Our workshop schedule will be based on this feedback. You can read more about our workshops at http://www.iacgreatlakes.com.

Here’s our draft schedule – please chime in!

June Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Schedule

Lots of Open Funding Opportunties

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 climate-adaptation-grant-info@bia.gov for more information.

Seed Swap and Trading Market at Food Sovereignty Summit

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.

Swap Your Seeds, Trade Your Goods

Swap Your Seeds, Trade Your Goods

Trade Routes: Washington

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.

Roadtrip Route through February 18th

Roadtrip Route through February 18th

Here are links to the other portions of the roadtrip:

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