“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.
The first phase of our plan is the community engagement and education phase: to promote food sovereignty within reservation boundaries and work with 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.
Our initiatives: Local Native and Heirloom Produce Initiative, Tribal Youth Incubator Training & Education Program, and Climate Adaptability Research and Education Center.
We are on the second phase of our work. In partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Office we have modified and constructed the first deep winter greenhouse on the White Earth Reservation. Our goal is to build one of these deep winter greenhouses with integrated renewable energy and hemp-based energy in every village on White Earth and provide the capabilities to produce food year round.
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.