ANA Grants

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.

Swap Your Seeds, Trade Your Goods at the Food Sovereignty Summit

As part of the Food Sovereignty Summit, our 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

Limited Scholarships Available for Food Sovereignty Summit

We have a very limited number of scholarships available for the Food Sovereignty Summit, April 14-17 in Green Bay at the Oneida’s Radisson Hotel and Convention Center.  Scholarships are available to individuals from the Great Lakes Region and will cover lodging and registration.

Please fill out the following form if you are interested.

First Nations NAFSI Grant Opportunity

First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) is currently accepting applications as part of the Native American Food System Initiative (NAFSI) for projects aimed at promoting elderly nutrition.  Projects encouraging intergenerational learning will be given additional consideration.

FNDI expects to make between four and five awards at a maximum amount of $25,000.  The application deadline is March 14th.  More information and the online application are available at

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:

Food Safety Regulations Public Comment Period Extended

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the public comment period on the proposed regulations implementing the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that could have a major impact on Tribal food operations.  The lack of Tribal consultation has been one of the MAJOR problems with these proposed regulations.  Aside from the host of possible adverse implications, these regulations do not specify whether Tribes are included under a variance that allows foreign governments to implement their own regulations.

Here is more information from the University of Arkansas Law School’s