“Let the knowledge of our past become the wisdom of our future.”– JoDan Rousu, Ogema Organics
The White Earth Reservation is faced with many health and economic challenges. High rates of diabetes, poor mental health, socioeconomic constraints, and limited entrepreneurial opportunities reduce possibilities for people to thrive. Our Elders are particularly vulnerable.
We are in the first phase of our plan to promote food sovereignty within reservation boundaries and are working with our community and regional partners. This phase uses input from the community about the health and economic needs of our tribal Elders and families to create and sustain the Elder Farm to Plate Initiative on the White Earth Reservation. We have also created other initiatives: Local Native and Heirloom Produce Initiative, Tribal Youth Incubator Training & Education Program, and Climate Adaptability Research and Education Program.
Our mission is to support and encourage the health and well-being of life on the White Earth Reservation.
We believe in a future where all peoples nourish their bodies and minds with readily available, local fresh Native and heirloom food, returning to our ancestors’ way: Bimaadiziwin, the Good Life.