The Issue: Lack of Access to Fresh Produce at Pine Ridge Reservation
Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Oglala Lakota people, spreads over 2.7-million acres of land—a larger area than the combined states of Delaware and Rhode Island. Though the area is vast, access to fresh, organic produce is a huge challenge for the Lakota people: the reservation has just one grocery store, and only 84,000 acres of land is suitable for farming.
Trees, Water & People aims to improve this issue through its Food Security Program, which empowers Native Americans to grow their own nutritious and traditional foods. The program runs the Solar Warrior Farm, which is located at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on Pine Ridge Reservation. Now in its third growing season, the farm provides fresh, nutritious food to those in need, and also serves as a living example of self-sufficient food production.
The Campaign: Supporting the Solar Warrior Farm
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Trees, Water & People to support the Solar Warrior Farm during the upcoming growing session. Donations will be used in a number of ways:
- $10 will purchase organic seeds
- $20 will purchase gardening tools
- $40 will purchase peat pellets to start seeds
- $60 will provide educational training materials for organic farming workshops
- $100 will help provide Native Americans with scholarships to one-day garden workshops
Workshop topics will include home gardening, canning vegetables, solar water pump irrigation, and composting.
Trees, Water & People
The conservationists that make up Trees, Water & People (TWP) believe in a simple concept: local people should play an active role in preserving and managing their natural resources. When this happens, the organization believes it fosters involvement, ownership, and long-term financial sustainability. To this end, the organization aims to improve communities in Latin America and the United States through hands-on educational programs. Tree nurseries in Latin America, for example, teach locals about the benefits of reforestation; in South Dakota, gardening workshops held on a farm give Native Americans the tools and knowledge for sustainable food production.