Native Agriculture Resources

First Nations Development Institute provides resource material to assess and improve agriculture in Native communities.

(2017) - 20.61 KB

This resource guide is a survey of topics you will encounter when assessing your food system. Current models of food systems are far more comprehensive than they were even a few years ago. While access to food and proximity to grocery stores have long been measures of the quality and effectiveness of a food system, new measures like health and other market-based measures are becoming increasingly popular. This guide is meant to be a jumpstart to a broad-based understanding of a system; and a systemic understanding must be underpinned by an understanding of your market, the accessibility of product, demand, target market demographics, your food system’s place in your locality, and the funding sources available to shore up the weaknesses you may identify.


(2017) - 9.99 KB

Keeping rangeland healthy and productive is an important part of ranching. As a result, ranchers increase herd health, production and profitability while protecting the ecosystem and wildlife for future generations, a goal for many ranchers. The development of a conservation plan provides the roadmap for ranchers to accomplish that goal.  It provides a long-term vision and implementation process to follow to get each acre of land as healthy and productive as possible and keep it that way.


(2016) - 4.65 KB

Prepared by Marissa McElrone, this document was created for the use of FAST Blackfeet (Food Access and Sustainability Team) to further its mission of supporting community strengths, culture and wellness by developing local, sustainable systems that provide healthy food access and education at every age,for all who need it. First Nations Development Institute has posted this with permission of FAST Blackfeet.

 


(2015) - 1.43 MB

This newly revised, second edition of the highly popular Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool provides an introduction to the food security movement in Indian Country.  It is a great resource to use to get people thinking about food systems in Native communities and what can be done to regain control over those Native food systems.


(2015) - 11.52 KB

This newly revised, second edition of the highly popular Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool provides an introduction to the food security movement in Indian Country.  It is a great resource to use to get people thinking about food systems in Native communities and what can be done to regain control over those Native food systems.


(2015) - 512.4 KB

A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native food system topics such as food policy, food hubs, farm-to-school programs, farmers’ markets and others.


(2015) - 12.45 KB

A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native food system topics such as food policy, food hubs, farm-to-school programs, farmers’ markets and others.


(2014) - 14.03 KB

A collection of essays that facilitates the use and effectiveness of First Nations' Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool (FSAT). It offers stories, experiences and tips from individuals who have successfully conducted food assessments in their communities.


(2014) - 34.61 KB

This report details how the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington, through a collective purchasing program, has begun to realize significant savings in food costs while giving the tribe more leverage over vendors to provide healthier and culturally-appropriate foods


(2014) - 38.86 KB

Food safety law greatly impacts localized food production and handling, including that of tribal nations. This guide provides a clear overview of safety laws and regulations.


(2014) - 29.84 KB

This report discusses the need for tribal governments to adopt model food and agriculture codes in order to encourage and support their food and agriculture sectors.


(2014) - 301.79 KB

A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native foods and health, including food sovereignty, diabetes, heart disease, federal food programs and eating healthy. 


(2014) - 17.54 KB

A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native foods and health, including food sovereignty, diabetes, heart disease, federal food programs and eating healthy. 


(2012) - 42.92 KB

This updated resource manual provides information on 68 U.S. Department of Agriculture programs that will assist you in the development of Native agriculture and food systems projects. These programs provide federal funding for a range of projects to support Native agriculture.


(2012) - 4.71 KB

This publication by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (a grantee of First Nations Development Institute) addresses improving the quality and safety of tribally harvested salmon through sanitation and proper handling.


(2012) - 11.99 KB

White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, recently completed a great new guide for establishing farm-to-school programs in Native communities.


(2004) - 16.14 KB

This publication provides an introduction to the food security movement in Indian Country, and provides a resource for thinking about food systems in Native communities and what can be done to regain control of Native food systems.