Good for Bodies and Minds 

Farm-to-School initiatives are about getting fresh, locally grown foods into school cafeterias and teaching students the importance of eating such foods. In Indian Country, that means also incorporating the cultural significance of traditional foods alongside the nutritional benefits.  But because the school-food systems on reservations are complex and structured differently than those outside reservations, tribal schools face unique circumstances when trying to forge Farm-to-School partnerships. 

 

Walleye and Wild Rice on White Earth Reservation
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Students at the Pine Point School on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota enjoy local foods like walleye, wild rice and hominy, take field trips to the forest to learn about maple syrup or visit a rice mill, and have planned and designed their own garden mounds using the square foot gardening method. The Farm-to-School initiative is a community-wide, multi-faceted collaboration that began in 2007 and is led by the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP).

 

 
Tepary Bean Quesadillas for Tohono O'odhom Students
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Two high school students introducing a new traditional lunch to fellow students of the Tohono O’odhom Nation in Arizona said through the school’s loudspeaker to fellow students: “We hope it will be good for all of you, not just for your bodies but for your minds, to help with your education.”