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
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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.

Food Sovereignty Summit

The Food Sovereignty Summit was held at Oneida, WI from April 15-18, 2013.  Nearly 300 attendees learned about innovative agricultural and food system projects across Native North America and connected with other individuals and groups doing similar work.  The event was a collaboration among the Oneida Nation, First Nations Development Institute, the Intertribal Agriculture Council, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The summit began with workshops and tours on Monday, April 15th.  Partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College even allowed participants in a series of courses to obtain college credit.

Hanging white corn braids at Tysunhehkwa
Touring the hanging white corn braids at Tysunhehkwa
Checking out the Oneida cannery with white corn in the cooker
Checking out the Oneida cannery with white corn in the cooker

The summit then got started in full on Tuesday morning after a meet-and-greet reception sponsored by the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.  Winona LaDuke helped to start off the conference with an impassioned call to implement food sovereignty across Indian Country.  Attendees were then able to select between breakout sessions in three different tracks.  This biggest challenge was figuring out which track to select given the quality of speakers in each.

Luncheon featuring IAC Executive Director, Ross Racine, and former USDA Office of Tribal Relation Director, Janie Hipp
Luncheon featuring IAC Executive Director, Ross Racine, and former USDA Office of Tribal Relation Director, Janie Hipp

The Food Sovereignty Summit also provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the new Mobile Farmers Market in its debut sales event.

Mobile Farmers Market at Food Sovereignty Summit
Mobile Farmers Market at Food Sovereignty Summit

Selling and showcasing a variety of products provided practice in working with multiple products from a variety of vendors.  We also offered the official conference t-shirts screen-printed with the awesome Food Sovereignty Summit logo.

Mobile Farmers Market indoor sales booth
Mobile Farmers Market indoor sales booth

The interpersonal connections were definitely one of the biggest successes of the entire event.  New connections were made and old connections were rekindled.  A great example is the progression of students that have moved on to become teachers themselves.

Bridging the Generations - Dennis Banks joins Dana Eldridge and two of her former students
Bridging the Generations – Dennis Banks joins Dana Eldridge and two of her former students

Registrations Still Being Accepted for Food Sovereignty Summit

We’re still accepting registrations for the Food Sovereignty Summit at Oneida from April 15-18th.  More information on the event, including the agenda and registration pages are available on the summit website.

Also remember that we are offering a series of workshops on business planning and permaculture design.  The permaculture workshop will also feature a session Monday morning, April 15th on seed saving and we’ll be organizing a seed exchange on Tuesday evening, so feel free to bring any seeds you’re willing to trade or give away.

Food Sovereignty Summit

Following up on last year’s successful Great Lakes Region Producer Summit, a collaboration among the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, First Nations Development Institute, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and the Intertribal Agriculture Council is organizing a Food Sovereignty Summit from April 15-18, 2013 at the Oneida’s Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.  The agenda will be forthcoming in the near future, but we do already have a save-the-date that is posted below.