Eastside Indigenous Community Garden
American Indian communities have some of the highest rates of diabetes and heart disease in the nation. At the root of these epidemics is the historical trauma that led to a disconnect from traditional food systems and relationship with the land. It is particularily challenging for our urban communities to reconnect with our food. Our goal in developing this garden was to help our people begin to regain that relationship.
The Eastside Indigenous Community Garden is in its third year of operation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The garden is a project of Dream of Wild Health and serves American Indian community members and their families in the neighborhood and beyond.
Drawing on traditional organizing models; the decision making, the labor and the harvest are all shared among members. The past few seasons we have been a teaching space for new gardening families to learn how to grow food, prepare and preserve it together. Our goals this season are to strengthen leadership and knowledge among our core families, while also encouraging more involvement from the local community. Our planned strategies include: increasing outreach through social media, tabling at pre-existing community events and hosting more events at the garden space. We have also been given the opportunity by the land owners to extend the garden by another twelve feet. To do this successfully we will need to purchase additional deer fencing, as our garden is located near a small ravine and wooded area where deer like to congregate. With the added space there is interest in growing more traditional heritage crops (corn and squash) and trying out seed saving to keep our traditional foods alive for future generations.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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