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

 

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.

Valentine’s Special!

Valentine's Special!

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

Reconnecting the Tribal Routes Roadtrip

The Mobile Farmers Market van is working to build awareness of unique Tribal food products through a “Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip” from January through March.  In addition to selling and featuring various items, are looking to purchase products along the way, so please get in touch (dan@indianaglink.com) if you are interested in having your products featured as part of this effort.

We are also using this trip as an outreach opportunity to spread awareness of USDA and other assistance programs, as well as providing technical support.  We’ll also be telling the story of Tribal producers and Native communities along the way, so please check back to learn more.

Roadtrip Map

Roadtrip Map

EBT/SNAP Coming Soon

The Mobile Farmers Market recently received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for an EBT card reader that will allow us to accept SNAP (food stamp) benefits once we receive vendor approval from USDA.  We’re also working on accepting WIC vouchers.

And, please encourage your Tribal governments to consider funding supplemental vouchers for their Tribal members because it means more traditional and healthy food for your plates and more resources going back to Tribal producers.

First Major Shipment

First Major Shipment

The Mobile Farmers Market made its first major shipment today of nearly 700 pounds of walleye and perch from Red Lake Nation Fisheries. We also picked up fresh supplies of wild berry jams and syrups, pancake mix, fish fry batter, and wild rice.