Trees Water & People

Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.
Jan 2, 2015

Thank you for supporting Solar Warrior Farm!

Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

     Happy New Year! We are happy to report that our funding needs for Solar Warrior Farm have been met by a foundation grant so we will be closing out this project on GlobalGiving. Your support has helped us achieve so much at the Farm, and for that we are very grateful. In 2014 alone we distributed over 500 pounds of food to families living on the Pine Ridge Reservation!

We hope you will stay up to date with our work on the Farm through our website, blog and Facebook. Thank you again for all of your support!

 

With gratitude,

 Jamie Folsom
 National Director
 Trees, Water & People
Dec 9, 2014

Project Update:

The holiday season is a time for gratitude and giving thanks. The Green Business Development Program is really blossoming, and many hands have made this momentum possible, especially GlobalGivers like you!

We are excited to have plans in the works for next year’s training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. The last few months have seen this year’s Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award winner – Tyler Tawahongva – well on his way to making his vision of bringing recycling to his community a reality. Tyler’s application was chosen from several great green business ideas. The award was announced in October.

“This principle of being a Native and a steward of the earth is a driving force to my endeavor of creating this recycling business.” Explains Tyler, “With the award from Trees, Water and People, I will now be able to continue my mission to intercept waste from landfills and provide jobs for the local community as well as bring awareness to the need for recycling in my community.”

Tyler’s business, Cloud Nine Recycling, TWP and the Native American Business Incubator Network (NABIN) were recently featured on the front page of the Arizona Daily Sun.

We are also in the process of putting together the first newsletter aimed at our network of Green Business Development trainees and aspiring Native entrepreneurs. We hope to connect with larger networks and work in collaboration with other Native programs that want to see Tribal economies grow and flourish. Thank you for your continued support and here’s to another successful New Year for us all!

Cloud Nine Recycling
Cloud Nine Recycling
Partnering for strong tribal economies!
Partnering for strong tribal economies!
Nov 18, 2014

Project Update: Change of Seasons

Solar Warrior Farm
Solar Warrior Farm

After the last rush of fall harvest and saving seeds it is time to start turning inward and sharing stories around the circle once again. And, it is definitely time to start planning for next season! This fall, Solar Warrior Farm (SWF) hosted two workshops on food preparation, nutrition and preserving the harvest in the local community. In 2015, our goal is to host a more involved mid-season, 4-day workshop on food sovereignty and indigenous foodways. We have changed our wishlist to reflect this new opportunity. If you want to sponsor a student, tuition includes instruction, materials, lodging at the Sacred Earth Lodge, and food for the duration of the workshop.

Why did we change our focus for the training? In many Native communities, including Pine Ridge, almost all food produced on the reservation is sent elsewhere, while nearly all food consumed locally is brought in from outside the community. This sets up a cycle of poor diet and a lack of access to fresh produce - commonly known as a "food desert". By reclaiming both indigenous knowledge of foods and control over how, when, and what food is available for families, Native people can break that historical cycle and have more choices. It is an exciting move forward as we will be calling upon the expertise of some great Native leaders in the food sovereignty movement to inform our work in this area. More on that in the next update!

Meanwhile, we are making plans to diversify the activities at the Farm by laying the groundwork for covered, raised beds, and networking with other Native programs that collect and share seeds. We will be looking at our successes and failures to improve selection and harvest.

Having a full-time intern at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center will help us keep continuity across the seasons. Dan Hartman-Strawn has already proven that he is both a great planner and doer! Thanks to him, the greenhouse will soon have a new roof, which will be an important asset to extend growing season and protect equipment. He will also be working with us to create more opportunities to volunteer on local projects and visit the Black Hills area at the Sacred Earth Lodge. Let us know if you are interested. We will have at least two SWF related projects in 2015.

As we set a new course for the next year, we are very grateful for your continued support! With your contributions, we can go even further. Yakoke - many thanks!!

Farm fresh veggies!
Farm fresh veggies!
Celebrating a productive season at SWF!
Celebrating a productive season at SWF!

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