BIG PINE PAIUTE TRIBE OF THE OWENS VALLEY RECEIVES $37,500 GRANT FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley recently received a $37,500 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will support the Sustainable Food System Development Project for the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley.
The First Nations Development Institute funding for the Sustainable Food System Development Project will enable the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley to create a permaculture demonstration garden and an organic seed bank on the Big Pine Indian Reservation, with the purpose of increasing availability of locally grown food as well as knowledge of sustainable gardening practices and native plants. The project will also provide entrepreneurship opportunities through a farmers market and will supply tools and equipment for the community garden and greenhouse.
According to Tribal Chairperson Virgil Moose, “This project will help our people to choose healthier eating habits and give opportunities to create small businesses for a sustainable future.”
The Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley is launching a weekly farmer’s market on Friday evenings from 5PM-8PM starting on July 12. The market will be located along Highway 395 near the tribal offices and will be called Nawanaki-ti Market which means the place to gather items. Nawanaki-ti Market will not only include fresh produce from local growers, but will also include locally crafted arts and crafts. “It is the desire of the Tribe that this market become a gathering place for both locals and visitors to enjoy the abundant resources the Creator has bestowed on our people” shared Tribal Administrator Gloriana Bailey.
If you would like additional information about the Sustainable Food System Development Project, please contact Alan Bacock at [email protected] or by phone at (760)
Good Job BPPT!
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How many villagers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Don’t tell DWP, but we have plenty of water for our gardens also.
This is just terrific. Locally grown sustainable agriculture needs to be vastly expanded in the Owens Valley, we really do have a great growing climate (and SHOULD have plentiful water, but that is a different story). With GMOs now tainting such a vast portion of our food supply, along with… Read more »
Even if there was abundant healthy food available, and there already is, many people won’t eat it anyway. And hydroponics uses less water and grows good food faster. We have abundant Sun and geothermal heat. The Owens Valley and Long Valley could be covered with hydroponic green houses. Yet another… Read more »
Interesting thought Ken, but not realistic. Hydroponics are dependend on chemical fertilizers derived from fossil fuels as well as artificial media for use as “soil” that must be imported to our area. This would only work if you believe in the Infinate Growth Paradigm. Otherwise, Hydroponics is simply unsustainable in… Read more »
You sound like you know something about farming. And I know very little, but isn’t plow the dirt farming also dependent on fertilizers and don’t “natural” soils deplete needing crop rotation and letting some sections go fallow for a year or longer. And don’t the big tractors and other equipment… Read more »
Ken, your idea about geothermal greehouses is a good one. This is done in Iceland near the artic circle. They even grow bananas!
This is. Very exciting
This project has of late become my passion. It has opened my eyes to the ways that food production can work together with the surrounding eco-system. I am so looking forward to seeing it grow and flourish into something the BPPT can admire, be proud of and utilize as a… Read more »
A beautiful thought Joseph. In this unnecessarily divided world/community – perhaps the notion might catch hold.
Everytime I hear of growing things and collateral benefits I never forget Jean Giono’s, “The Man who Planted Trees”
It is a 30 minute vid of the hope, trust and the best of the human condition. Great work BPPT. Thanks for the posts Mr. Miller