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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (760)