Summit Updates – Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Early Bird registration has opened! Click the button below to get your discounted tickets. Prices will increase March 20th, 2015. Hands-on sessions are offered as separate tickets (no fee) and are only available to registered conference attendees.

Vendors, please click “Buy Tickets” to reserve your table space. We are offering a limited number of spaces because registration is capped at 150 attendees.

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We invite you to join us on our planning call tomorrow to discuss topics, speakers, and format of the conference. Call in at 2pm CST to (eight six six) 614-2162 – Access code: 987- one one four – 7244.

If you’re not able to join us, or would like to preview the draft schedule, please take a look at the link below. Keep in mind this is a working draft, and changes should be expected.


Find out how to boost your farming business with the USDA

There is a slew of workshops on the horizon that will help you find out which grants and low-interest loans you’re eligible for. These workshops are day-long and have a $15 registration fee that includes lunch. If you have any follow up questions after these workshops, feel free to get in touch with us!

Ag Grants Workshop 2014

Fruit Tree Grants – Check it Out!

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The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

Recipients must be nonprofits, public schools, or government entities that 1) own the planting site (or have long-term arrangements to remain at the planting site), 2) are committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, 3) have a source of irrigation nearby, 4) and can help coordinate local volunteers to join on the day of planting.

In addition, the “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition.

FTPF ideally seeks schools that can accommodate at least 20-25 trees on school grounds.

Deadline: Rolling

Please contact The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation for more information and to apply for this funding.

A Big Thank You!


Bruce explains how to make delicious maple candy from finished syrup.

Bruce explains how to make delicious maple candy from finished syrup.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Maple Syrup Producers Workshop event last weekend. It was great to see so many people involved in discussions on syrup production and USDA programs. We hope all of your questions were answered, and if not, please contact us!

A special thanks to Danielle Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, USDA agency representatives, and Red Lake Fisheries for your assistance putting the event on. We would like to recognize Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education for providing funding for the event.

A future event is tentatively planned for early April that will focus on syrup production in action including a tour of different evaporator systems. Stay tuned for more information!

Oneida Workshop: White Corn, Farm-to-School, Community Outreach and More!

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This FREE two-day event takes place on the beautiful tsyunhehkwa farm on the Oneida Reservation. “Tsyunhehkwa” means life sustenance in Oneida, and this farm features an organic garden, green house, grass-fed cattle and chickens, white corn, raspberries, and more.

Travel and accommodation assistance are offered, please get in touch for more details.

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