Bishop Paiute Tribe's Food Sovereignty Program

Bishop Paiute Tribe's Food Sovereignty Program

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The Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Food Sovereignty Program is working to increase access to increase access to and awareness of healthy, traditional, environmentally-responsible, community-grown food that sustains an independent and resilient program which acknowledges, preserves, and strengthens existing community food systems and tribal sovereignty. 

Initiated in February 2015, the FSP consists of a half-acre Tribal Food Sovereignty Farm, which serves as an educational site and a production Farm, and a Tribal Community Market, which provides a direct producer-to-consumer outlet. 

To further strengthen our community food system, the FSP maintains a small seed library and is managing the first year of a Seed Saving Cooperative pilot project in collaboration with Rowen White, a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwasane, and founder of Sierra Seeds. Engaging both individual community growers and other local food projects, the FSP Seed Cooperative is working towards the revitalization of bio-regional adaptation of crops thus building a more resilient, Native food system that empowers individuals through increasing knowledge of plant adaptation, seed saving and storage. 

During 2016, the FSP will host the second year of the Community Market and will strengthen Farm production. Through continued outreach and engagement with youth, the FSP will continue to inspire the next generation of food activists and work alongside community leaders to increase education regarding environmental growing practices, traditional ecological knowledge, traditional foods and stewardship of open-pollinated food varieties.

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