Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – Event Summary

The 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit held at Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Camp from April 21-24 was a tremendous success due to an amazing turnout of individuals and groups willing to share their unique skills and knowledge.  Search #foodsummit and #jijak for event pictures and posts.


Thirteen workshops covered a diverse variety of topics relating to Tribal food and agriculture on Thursday and Friday, leading to the Intertribal Foods Festival on Saturday.  Notably, the concurrent Native Youth in Food & Agriculture Great Lakes Regional Summit began Thursday evening as Tribal youth from around the Great Lakes region arrived and then spent the next three days learning and expanding their knowledge.


Seed Saving (led by Rowen White and Clayton Brascoupe) Continue reading

Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) Grant

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is currently accepting applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) for projects aimed at supporting expanded producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Awards range between $50,000-500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.  The application deadline is May 12, 2016.

Food Summit – Food Systems & Seven Generations

PROGRAM REBROADCAST from Saturday April 23rd, 2016:
Four Presentations = 2 hours, 59 minutes video
#1. Treaties and Food Systems – Martin Reinhardt, 0-1hr. 2min
#2. at 1hr. 2 minutes until 1hr. 32min –
        Gun Lake Wild Rice Restoration Efforts – Elizabeth Binoniemi-Smith,
#3. at 1hr 32 minutes until 2hrs 11 – min –  Agricultural Archeology – Bill Gartner
#4. at 2hrs 10 minutes until end – Historical Foods Systems by Paul DeMain

Food Systems and Seven Generations Video

Kevin Finney discusses evaporating at Jijak Sugar Shack

The day before the official opening of this year’s annual Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit, Kevin Finney the director of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi Tribe’s Jijak Camp, the host of the event discusses evaporating at the Tribe’s sugar shack.

The four day conference opened on Thursday April 21st, with 4 days of activities around Food Sovereignty with Indigenous growers, producers, program managers and agency resources on site. The conference also features over a dozen Indigenous chefs from through-out the western Hemisphere cooking the meals with Native foods, spices and medicines.

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – Program

Here is the almost final program for the 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit (click the link below).  We’re working on a few small updates before sending the printer, but here’s your first sneak peak.  Among the many highlights, we’re excited to feature

  • four seed keeping workshops by Rowen White and Clayton Brascoupe
  • a butchering workshop with both a bison and a churro lamb
  • conservation planning workshops from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and other great partners speaking on topics like climate change and soil health
  • food safety training
  • an international flavor with foods and presenters from Mexico and Peru/New Zealand
  • and, of course, an incredible menu from our amazing chef team that is traveling from across the country; we even have Julio Saqui joining us from Belize to teach traditional cacao processing

Summit Program

USDA Value Added Producer Grant

USDA Rural Development’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) is accepting applications for efforts aimed at expanding value added production.  The two types of grants are Planning (up to $75,000) and Implementation (up to $250,000).  The application deadline is June 24th for e-applications and  July 1st paper applications.   There is $44 million in available funding.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council hosted a webinar in conjunction with USDA Rural Development on VAPG that is now available online viewing.