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.
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.
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!
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.