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Fort Berthold Tribal Gardens, Farmers Market, Nutrition and Wellness Project

Investigators
Johnson, Travis
Institutions
Fort Berthold Community College
Start date
2011
End date
2014
Objective

Objective 1: By end of each year, FBCC Extension Program will increase the number of families consuming home grown produce by 25 % through use of the traditional gardens, youth gardens and community gardens

Objective 2: By end of each year, FBCC Extension Program will increase food production through use of program gardens at the Parshall Resource Center, Circle of Life and Gerald Tex Fox Justice Center and reduce food costs by 20%

Objective 3: By end of each year, FBCC Extension Program will increase availability of locally grown, farm fresh produce by 25% through use of a farmers market

Objective 4: By end of each year, FBCC Extension Program will reserve seeds from the traditional planting and increase the seed bank store by 10%

Objective 5: By end of each year, FBCC Extension Program will provide 10 hours of educational programming to 200 students in 5 reservation school districts on making healthy food choices based on traditional gardening perspectives The Fort Berthold Community College Junior Livestock Project goal and objectives are to affect:

1. Number of Fort Berthold youth raising and showing livestock.

2. Number of Fort Berthold youth showing livestock at the state fair.

3. Number of Fort Berthold families participating in raising and showing livestock.

4. Number of Fort Berthold youth using North Dakota bred livestock. The final scope of this project will be qualitative by measuring the satisfaction of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara youth that have an interest in becoming livestock growers. This project hopes participants gain an interest in returning to the agricultural lifestyle that their forefathers enjoyed and exhibited with great pride. With the experience FBCC has gained in equine education and the positive effects of animals on youth, the college has the ability and expertise to continue in this arena and make a difference on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

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NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY:
The project vision states, "Fort Berthold Community College Extension Program cultivates historical knowledge by using traditional garden practices to promote health and wellness." The project will address four of the six NIFA priority areas. The areas include: (1) Global Food Security and Hunger by addressing agriculture food production with the individual and community gardens used to teach food production methods including traditional practices, organic practices and conventional gardening practices; (2) Childhood Nutrition and Preventing Childhood Obesity and (3) Food Safety by ensuring that safe healthy and nutritious garden produce is available and families can make informed decisions about their health and well being; garden projects with youth will include information on the health benefits from vegetables and fruit; healthy snacking and safe food preparation will also help gardeners learn to utilize their produce; concepts addressing traditional gardening and historical diets as related to health and wellness will be introduced to the youth; gardens will also provide youth with a means for light exercise; (4) Sustainable Rural Economies by developing program gardens for the local treatment facilities and detention center. The program gardens will provide healthy quality food for the program clients and a means of light exercise. The program garden produce will be used to develop Farmers Markets. The organizations will develop sustainable economic independence with the farmers markets.The Special emphysis extension project is designed to reacquaint Fort Berthold youth with their agricultural roots so they may experience the therapeutic benefits of raising and showing North Dakota bred livestock: the youth receive mentoring from experienced producers while using culturally relevant, modified 4-H materials that support strong minds, healthy bodies, and good character.

APPROACH:
This project will foster gardening interest as well provide educational programming, information and support of potential business opportunities with farmers markets. The project will focus on providing additional education on food safety, nutrition and obesity prevention to tribal members. Focus on area youth and gardening will involve educational efforts in the schools as well as developing youth gardens. The land lab will continue to be used by community members for personal gardens as well as a section planted in potatoes and corn for community consumption. FBCC Extension staff will continue to take equipment to the outlying communities to prepare the ground and till up individual gardens as requested. Traditional plantings at the land lab and the FBCC campus will be utilized for seed production and demonstration. The proposed project and program delivery methods are feasible based upon prior experience from the previous Extension Program at FBCC. This Special emphasis extension project is designed to reacquaint Fort Berthold youth with their agricultural roots so they may experience the therapeutic benefits of raising and showing North Dakota bred livestock: the youth receive mentoring from experienced producers while using culturally relevant, modified 4-H materials that support strong minds, healthy bodies, and good character.

Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
NDE-2011-02308
Accession number
226369
Categories
Education and Training
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants
Food Defense and Integrity
Food Preparation and Handling
Commodities
Produce