Yakanal: Putting Our Culture Back Into Agriculture;
funded by First Nations Development Institute
The First Nations Development Institute located in Longmont, Colorado, announced the 10 recipients of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative in May, 2016. The goal of the First Nations' Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) is to assist targeted, rural and/or reservation-based Native American communities in ensuring adequate food supplies for their communities. The initiative focuses on locally-grown, healthy foods, and in developing or expanding a locally-controlled and locally-based food system to provide healthy foods to community members, supporting local food producers and the local economy.
Mr. Kyle Swimmer, a Laguna Pueblo tribal member from central New Mexico was one of the recipients for the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. Kyle’s project, Yakanal: Putting Our Culture Back Into Agriculture, will run from May 1, 2016-April 21, 2017, and will help strengthen and re-ignite interest in traditional Pueblo farming practices. The project will help to mentor interested youth in growing traditional Pueblo gardens, and will help the local community understand their food consumption, food supplies, and healthy foods through administering a local food sovereignty assessment. Laguna Community Foundation has graciously agreed to be the fiscal sponsor for this project.