Create awareness and inspire real change around food sovereignty and security issues. To model and encourage healthy and sustainable community lifeways .
The food sovereignty initiative is dedicated to building access to local food and the necessary infrastructure for a farm on the Menominee Reservation. The Menominee have a little known but long history of agricultural experience and knowledge which led to community sustainability. We are working to reclaim our food sovereignty by tackling some of the biggest issues our community faces.
Much as a seed requires soil to grow, all our efforts to promote food sovereignty and the revitalization of ancestral foodways are rooted in Menīkānaehkem’s farm. On this 80 acres of land, we are growing a variety of ancestral foods in large fields, including corn, squash, and sunflowers, and other high demand vegetables.
Menīkānaehkem members involved in this initiative frequently attend training related to indigenous farming, food sovereignty, and seed saving etc. Stop by anytime to visit our organic, regenerative garden!
Current Menīkānaehkem initiatives include increasing nutrition and garden education, access to space, seeds, tools and equipment, outreach and selling produce at farmers markets, and healthy activities for families.
Having space and support to grow our own food lets us know we belong. Feeling the soil in our hands as we plant a seed of resistance gives us meaning. Harvesting the squash, pumpkin and corn we planted four months earlier gives us purpose. Knowing where the food comes from gives us hope.
We hold seasonal pre-contact feast potluck style for the community. The purpose of these feasts are to engage the community in cooking and eating their traditional foods, conversation and learning from one another. This tradition has been carried through the years with help from the community for 6 years now and we are grateful for the support and presence at these gatherings.
Community maintained garden plots and training workshops
Expand our seasonal pre-contact feasts to every community on the reservation (Zoar, Keshena, Neopit, Middle Village, South Branch)
Harvest/gather natural foods and cook with these ingredients as a community
Find new and innovative ways to get our produce into the community