UNL Indigenous Food Sovereignty Program

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The Indigenous Food Sovereignty Program is sponsored by the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. This program will welcome Lincoln Public School Native students onto UNL’s East Campus to engage with Native elders and UNL Extension faculty to learn how to grow their own food and establish food sovereignty for their families and communities. They will meet on Saturdays throughout the year to learn how to prepare, maintain, harvest and preserve the food they will grow in the Indigenous Youth Garden on East Campus. Students will also receive seasonal certificates for completing the program.

This program is not sponsored or supervised by the Lincoln Public School District.

Winter Session

The program will have 13 Saturday classes/garden/greenhouse activities during the winter season from December 4, 2021 through February 26, 2022, and they will primarily focus on what the earth, plants and insects are doing during the winter months. Classes/garden/greenhouse activities will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 12:00, and a continental breakfast will be served at each class. Classroom supplies will also be given to all students participating in the program. Topics that will be addressed during the winter season are:

  • Traditional Stories Focusing on Indigenous Worldviews.
  • Social Media – Smart Phones – iNaturalist Maps
  • Landscape Design – Garden Space
  • Introduction to Soils and Cool Weather Plants
  • Insects in the Winter
  • Saving Traditional Indigenous Seeds and Planting and Gathering Practices
  • Bee Hotels/Hives – Honey and Solitary Bees
  • UNL Student Environmental Presentations (Sustain)
  • Health and Nutrition Presentations
  • College Advisement
  • Journaling – Growing with the Garden

Through this program, students will:

  • Share traditional stories focusing on Indigenous worldviews
  • Research, gather and save traditional Indigenous seeds
  • Create a social media outlet that showcases their work
  • Reflect on soils, plants, insects, weather and pollinators through journaling
  • Plan and map a landscape design for their garden
  • Prepare, maintain, harvest and preserve food grown in the garden/greenhouse
  • Identify and work with a UNL college advisor/mentor

Registration Open

Although this program has already started, we are still welcoming new participants.

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