Buffalo Butchering Workshop @ Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

We are excited to feature a full traditional buffalo butchering workshop led by Arlo and Lisa Iron Cloud at this year’s Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit held at the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa from May 9-13.  Starting with a ceremony and respectful kill in the field on Wednesday morning, May 9th, this workshop will cover all aspects of traditional butchering and use of the animal over the following days, with meat going onto the event menu.

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Part of the intention behind this workshop is reconnecting to traditional, full-use approaches that respect the gifts provided by our four-legged relatives.  By conducting the kill in the field, the animal will be placed under less stress.  The hands-on nature of this workshop will give participants a much better understanding and appreciation of from where our meat comes.

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Draft Food Summit Agenda and Scholarship Applications

The draft schedule is now posted for the 2018 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit, and we are also accepting scholarship applications.  Applications received by April 11th will receive priority. #foodsummit

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Registration now open for 2018 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Registration is now open for the 2018 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit that will be held at the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa.  Confirmed presenters and chefs include Loretta Barrett Oden (Corn Dance Cafe), Rowen White (Indigenous Seed Keepers Network), Sean Sherman (The Sioux Chef), Ben Jacobs (Tocabe), Claudia Serrato, Marlene Aguilar, Kevin Finney, and many more to be announced.

The early registration rate runs through March 31st.

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USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotions Programs Now Accepting Applications

USDA is now accepting application for its Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).  FMPP range between $50,000 and $500,000, and LFPP grants range between $25,000 and $500,000.  LFPP projects do require 25% matching funds contribution.  Both applications are due May 7, 2018.

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit 2018

This year’s Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be hosted by the Meskwaki Nation in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance in Tama, Iowa from May 9-13.   Registration is now open at the Eventbrite site by clicking here.  This year’s event will again feature a concurrent regional youth summit as well.

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – Scholarships Available

Scholarships for Native producers are available for the MOSES Organic Farming Conference that will be held February 22-24 in LaCrosse, WI.  Please visit the scholarship application page and select “Intertribal Agriculture Council” as the sponsoring organization.  This year’s MOSES Conference will feature a Native producers panel and Indigenous seeds roundtable, as well as a meeting for Native producers.

In the “notes” section, please indicate 1) your Tribal/organization affiliation, 2) what you hope to gain by attending MOSES, and 3) whether you are interested in volunteering for a shift at the Intertribal Agriculture Council exhibit booth that will be representing Native foods and producers (you’re welcome to bring your own items and handouts).  The Intertribal Agriculture Council will have additional lodging stipends for exhibit booth volunteers.

 

Grant – Blooming Prairie Foundation

The Blooming Prairie Foundation is accepting applications for awards ranging from $2,000-70,000 for projects that promote research and education in the organic industry and cooperative community or help develop new organic products.  Applicants must be 501c3 non-profits and applications are due March 1, 2018.  $250,000 in funding is available.