WOUNJUPI Pine Ridge
Lakota Nation, South Dakota
At Pine Ridge, we are working on community food security to improve health and create access to organic food. We support and share programs to:
Provide naturally grown vegetables to significantly help reverse diabetes problems in the community.
Honor the land through organic farming techniques, enhancing the on-site gathering place.
Achieve a degree of self-sufficiency in food production
Prior to working with IIIS in 2003, the Pine Ridge project had a small garden. Now, three acres of land support biodiverse agriculture, and there is a greenhouse as well as two large gardens with drip irrigation. Excess produce is distributed to eders and other community members. At the 2008 Wazi Paha agriculture fair at Oglala Lakota College, produce from the garden took top awards (i.e. largest squash). Dozens of community members have been inspired to be involved with the garden.
To advance the project, we need to procure a used tractor, trees, and soil nutrients to terrace the hillside; enhance and expand the demonstration garden; install a well, and build a root cellar to preserve food past the short growing season. Your support can help!